We are all familiar with the Nanny State: governments telling us what we can put in our bodies, to wear seatbelts, not to talk on our cell phones while driving, and so on. But governments are not the only institutions that act paternalistically—we are seeing the rise of the Nanny Corporation.
This talk was recorded May 1, 2009, at the University of Chicago Law School's annual Loop Luncheon. Richard Epstein is James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School.
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D., was Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow (on leave) at the Brookings Institution. Dr.
In its classic form, a “decisive” pitched battle was a beautifully contained event, lasting a single day, killing only combatants, and resolving legal questions of immense significance. Yet since the mid-nineteenth century, pitched battles no longer decide wars, which now routinely degenerate into general devastation. Why did pitched battle ever work as a conflict resolution device?
Gary Haugen is a 1991 graduate of the Law School and President and CEO of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. He received the Law School's Distinguished Citizen Award. Richard Posner is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and Judge on the U.S.
The Enlightenment took us from a world of Empire to an Age of Reason and equality in the public sphere. But it left the private spheres of culture and religion in the Dark Ages of imposition and unreason. In the Enlightenment worldview, freedom in the public sphere is freedom itself.
This panel was recorded on May 16, 2009 as part of the University of Chicago Law School's "Shakespeare and the Law" Conference. The papers presented included "Equity in Measure for Measure" (David Bevington), "Law, Disobedience, Justification and Mercy" (Diane Wood), "Criminal Responsibility in Shakespeare" (Richard McAdams) and “Shakespeare's Problems with Law” (Richard Strier).
Jeremy Epstein is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago where he teaches a seminar about litigating title disputes in art law. He is a partner in the Litigation Group of Shearman & Sterling and, from 1995-2000, served as head of the Litigation Department.
What will the election of Barack Obama mean for the Supreme Court of the United States? To answer this question, it is necessary to understand the current make-up of the Court and its direction. What are the predispositions of the current Justices? What do we mean today by the terms "liberal" and "conservative"?