Chicago's Best Ideas

Saul Levmore, "Carrots and Sticks in Law (and Life)"

One of the great Chicago Ideas is the equivalence of positive and negative incentives. The government can motivate you by rewarding some behavior or by penalizing your failure to behave in the preferred manner.

Participating faculty: 
Saul Levmore

Saul Levmore, "Carrots and Sticks in Law (and Life)"

When is it a good idea to mix positive and negative rewards? Should we pay people not to commit crimes?

One of the great Chicago Ideas is the equivalence of positive and negative incentives. The government can motivate you by rewarding some behavior or by penalizing your failure to behave in the preferred manner.

Chicago's Best Ideas: Mary Anne Case

Date: 
04.12.2017
Location: 
Classroom II
Faculty: 
Mary Anne Case

Chicago's Best Ideas: William Hubbard

Date: 
01.17.2017
Location: 
Classroom II

"A Different Kind of Supreme Court? Empirical Study of the Supreme Court of India"

Chicago's Best Ideas: Saul Levmore

Date: 
10.10.2016
Location: 
Classroom II


Carrots and Sticks in Law (and Life)

Faculty: 
Saul Levmore

Martha Nussbaum, "Long Long Lives: Should We Want Them?"

Today, as our capacity to prolong life increases, people dispute whether indefinite prolongation could possibly be good.  A leading bioethicist, Ezekiel Emanuel (brother of Rahm) has written that we should all want to die at 75!  I'll approach this question by drawing on ancient Greek arguments about why immortal life is undesirable -- arguments that I find fatally flawed.

Participating faculty: 
Martha C. Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum, "Long Long Lives: Should We Want Them?"

Today, as our capacity to prolong life increases, people dispute whether indefinite prolongation could possibly be good. 

Today, as our capacity to prolong life increases, people dispute whether indefinite prolongation could possibly be good.  A leading bioethicist, Ezekiel Emanuel (brother of Rahm) has written that we should all want to die at 75!  I'll approach this question by drawing on ancient Greek arguments about why immortal life is undesirable -- arguments that I find fatally flawed.

Laura Weinrib, “Freedom of Conscience and the Civil Liberties Path Not Taken”

Recent efforts by opponents of same-sex marriage and reproductive rights to reorient their agenda around religious freedom have sparked an explosion of scholarship on religious claims for exemption from generally applicable laws.

Participating faculty: 
Laura Weinrib

Laura Weinrib, "Freedom of Conscience and the Civil Liberties Path Not Taken"

Recent efforts by opponents of same-sex marriage and reproductive rights to reorient their agenda around religious freedom have sparked an explosion of scholarship on religious claims for exemption from generally applicable laws. Professor Weinrib will discuss an early antecedent of this strategy: the campaign by the National Civil Liberties Bureau, the organizational precursor of the ACLU, to secure exemptions from military service for conscientious objectors during the First World War.

Recent efforts by opponents of same-sex marriage and reproductive rights to reorient their agenda around religious freedom have sparked an explosion of scholarship on religious claims for exemption from generally applicable laws.

Jonathan Masur, "Deference Mistakes"

Suppose a court holds in the context of a habeas petition that a constitutional right is not yet “clearly established.”  Can we conclude from this that the right does not exist?  The answer, of course, is “no”—it would be error to treat this case as having held that there is no such right.

Participating faculty: 
Jonathan S. Masur
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