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An Investigation of the Causal Inference between Epidemiology and Jurisprudence

  • Examines why legal causation and epidemiological causation differ and what the ensuing problems are

  • Shows how to correctly interpret and rationally use the results of epidemiological studies in lawsuits

  • Discusses how legal causation and epidemiological causation can be harmonized in jurisprudence to protect victims’ rights


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Minsoo Jung
    Pages 1-7
  3. Minsoo Jung
    Pages 9-44
  4. Minsoo Jung
    Pages 45-53
  5. Minsoo Jung
    Pages 93-99
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 101-108

About this book


This book examines how legal causation inference and epidemiological causal inference can be harmonized within the realm of jurisprudence, exploring why legal causation and epidemiological causation differ from each other and defining related problems. The book also discusses how legal justice can be realized and how victims’ rights can be protected. It looks at epidemiological evidence pertaining to causal relationships in cases such as smoking and the development of lung cancer, and enables readers to correctly interpret and rationally use the results of epidemiological studies in lawsuits. The book argues that in today’s risk society, it is no longer possible to thwart the competence of evidence using epidemiological research results. In particular, it points out that the number of cases that struggle to prove a causal relationship excluding those using epidemiological data will lead to an increase in the number of lawsuits for damages that arise as a result of harmful materials that affect our health. The book argues that the responsibility to compensate for damages that have actually occurred must be imputed to a particular party and that this can be achieved by understanding causal inferences between jurisprudence and epidemiology. This book serves as a foundation for students, academics and researchers who have an interest in epidemiology and the law, and those who are keen to discover how jurisprudence can bring these two areas together.


Causal Inference between jurisprudence and epidemology Health inequalities and the law in South Korea Human rights cases in South Korea Causation in empirical philosophy Causation in the philosophy of law Anglo-American Theory of Causation Epidemiological causation and legal causation Causation in epidemiology Causation in criminal law Health lawsuits in South Korea Medical malpractices in South Korea Epidemiological investigation in South Korea Misinterpretations in epidemiology Epidemiological causation and limitations Epidemiological evidence in lawsuits

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dongduk Women’s UniversitySeoulKorea (Republic of)

About the authors

Minsoo Jung, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science at Dongduk Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea. He completed his Ph.D. and M.P.H. in the Graduate School of Public Health at Seoul National University. Jung also finished his second Ph.D. in the Law School at Seoul National University. He has a keen interest in social epidemiology, philosophy of law, and health communication. Before joining the university, he worked as a research fellow in the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health. His professional research goal is to broaden the understanding of issues in social epidemiology. He has participated in 12 research projects as a principal investigator and presented several papers in professional meetings, including the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and has received 15 academic awards from governmental and academic institutions.

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