Chicago's Best Ideas

Omri Ben-Shahar, "The Unintended Effects of Access Justice Laws"

Access Justice laws give people equal opportunity to enjoy primary goods, ensuring that access to these goods is not allocated by markets and is not tilted in favor of wealth and privilege.

Participating faculty: 
Omri Ben-Shahar

Omri Ben-Shahar, "The Unintended Effects of Access Justice Laws"

In this lecture, Professor Ben-Shahar explains why Access Justice law can unintentionally hurt weak groups in a variety of areas — access to courts, information, insurance, internet, and many more.

William Baude, "Is Originalism Our Law?"

At her confirmation hearing, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said that "we are all originalists." Is that true, and what would it mean for it to be true? In Is Originalism Our Law?, I argue that there is an important sense in which Justice Kagan was right.

Participating faculty: 
William Baude

William Baude, "Is Originalism Our Law?"

At her confirmation hearing, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said that "we are all originalists." Is that true, and what would it mean for it to be true?

Richard McAdams, "How Law Works Expressively"

Although people sometimes violate the law, there is more legal compliance than we can explain by ordinary economic theory – that legal sanctions deter noncompliance. In some domains of international law and constitutional law, there is no credible threat of legal sanctions, yet there is compliance.

Participating faculty: 
Richard H. McAdams
Related article: 
Why Do People Obey the Law?

Chicago's Best Ideas: Professor Aziz Huq

Date: 
05.05.2015
Location: 
Classroom III
Faculty: 
Aziz Huq

Chicago's Best Ideas: Professor Richard A. Epstein

Date: 
04.22.2015
Location: 
Classroom III
Faculty: 
Richard A. Epstein

Chicago's Best Ideas: Professor Alison Siegler

Date: 
04.13.2015
Location: 
Classroom II
Faculty: 
Alison Siegler

Chicago's Best Ideas: Professor Omri Ben-Shahar

Date: 
03.03.2015
Location: 
Classroom III
Faculty: 
Omri Ben-Shahar

Chicago's Best Ideas: Professor William Baude

Date: 
02.13.2015
Location: 
Classroom II

Is Originalism Our Law?

Faculty: 
William Baude
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