Academic conference

Gretchen Helmke, "The Origins of Institutional Crises in Latin America"

This talk was presented on October 16, 2009 at the Conference on Comparative Constitutional Design at the University of Chicago Law School. Gretchen Helmke is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester.


44:19 minutes (40.58 MB)

Shakespeare and the Law: Keynote Discussion featuring Justice Stephen Breyer, Richard Posner, Martha Nussbaum, & Richard Strier

The University of Chicago Law School's "Shakespeare and the Law" conference brought together thinkers from law, literature, and philosophy to investigate the legal dimensions of Shakespeare's plays.


74:21 minutes (68.07 MB)

Barry R. Weingast, "Democratization and Countermajoritarian Institutions"

This talk was presented on October 16, 2009 at the Conference on Comparative Constitutional Design at the University of Chicago Law School. Barry Weingast is Ward C. Krebs Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Roger Myerson (University of Chicago) provided commentary on the paper.


50:24 minutes (46.15 MB)

Stefan Voigt, "Mapping Constitutionally Safeguarded Judicial Independence - A Global Survey"

This talk was recorded on October 17, 2009 as part of the conference Comparative Constitutional Design held at the University of Chicago Law School. Lee Epstein (Northwestern) provides commentary.


44:31 minutes (40.76 MB)

Conference: Creating Capabilities: Sources and Consequences for Law and Social Policy

Date: 
04.23.2010 - 04.24.2010
Location: 
The University of Chicago Law School

This conference, organized by James Heckman, Martha Nussbaum and Robert Pollak, examines a variety of conceptions of human capability, including the Human Development and Capabilities Approach in relation to the recent literature on the economics, neuroscience, and psychology of human development in order to enrich both fields.

Conference on Comparative Constitutional Design

Date: 
10.16.2009 - 10.17.2009
Location: 
Room V

Comparative constitutional design is a topic of increasing theoretical and practical importance, and yet the state of knowledge is still fairly rudimentary.  We still know relatively little about design processes; about the relationship of processes to outcomes; and about the consequences of particular institutional choices.  This two day conference will bring together the best minds

Faculty: 
Tom Ginsburg
Faculty: 
Aziz Huq
Faculty: 
Martha Nussbaum
Faculty: 
Eric Posner
Faculty: 
David A. Strauss

Conference: Rethinking the Genealogy of Morals

Date: 
10.02.2009 - 10.03.2009

Sponsored by the Center for Law, Philosophy & Human Values at the University of Chicago Law School

Where did our "morality"-- our moral sense, our moral intuitions, our dispositions to make particular kinds of moral judgments--come from?  And does its origin have any bearing on the value,  justification, or credibility of our morality?

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