Audio Archives

From intimate lunchtime talks by our world-renowned faculty to academic conferences curated by student organizations, the Law School is continually host to some of the most groundbreaking ideas in the legal academy and beyond. Since 2005, the Law School has been committed to sharing these ideas with not only our campus community but with the world at large by making available free audio recordings of selected events. Please use the filters below to find a recording that might interest you, or use the page links at the bottom to browse through the list at your leisure.

  • June 13, 2008

    Without question, the most distinctive feature of the modern social democratic state is the rise of administrative agencies, which at the federal level function as a shadowy Fourth Branch of government that fits uneasily into our constitutional scheme of separation of powers, and which at the...

  • May 2, 2008

    At a time when so many different religious fundamentalisms are coming to the fore and demanding legal recognition, this talk will seek to vindicate feminist fundamentalism, defined as an uncompromising commitment to the equality of the sexes as intense and at least as worthy of respect as, for...

  • April 15, 2008

    Why have we taken so few precautions in the face of threatening climate change? This CBI talk focuses, first, on the difficulty of dealing with a long-off threat in our political system. The question is how voters and their politicians can be encouraged to care about problems that can be...

  • January 23, 2008

    Anup Malani is Professor of Law and Aaron Director Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded January 16, 2008 as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas Lecture Series. Much of current scholarship views corporate philanthropy managerial waste or profiteering. In...

  • November 9, 2007

    Mark Heyrman is Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded on November 6, 2007 as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas Series. © 2007 The University of Chicago Law School. "In the 1970's most states tightened their standards for involuntary commitment...

  • November 2, 2007

    Cass Sunstein is Karl N. Llewellyn Dist. Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded on October 23, 2007 as part of the Chicago's Best Ideas Series. © 2007 The University of Chicago Law School. "What does the Second Amendment mean? The...

  • July 30, 2007

    Richard Epstein is James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Recorded April 10, 2007 as part of the "Chicago's Best Ideas" series. © 2007 The University of Chicago....

  • May 25, 2007

    Todd Henderson is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Recorded May 9, 2007 as part of the "Chicago's Best Ideas" series. © 2007, The University of Chicago.

  • May 1, 2007

    Anup Malani is Professor of Law and Aaron Director Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded April 25, 2007 as part of the "Chicago's Best Ideas" series. © 2007 The University of Chicago....

  • January 28, 2007

    Lior Strahilevitz is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded January 24, 2007, as part of the "Chicago's Best Ideas" lecture series. © 2007 The University of Chicago....