Chicago's Best Ideas

William H. J. Hubbard, "A Different Kind of Supreme Court? Empirical Study of the Supreme Court of India"

Part of Chicago's intellectual tradition is a willingness to take nothing for granted. Comparative study of legal institutions often reveals to us exactly how much we take for granted in the design of our legal institutions. Take the US Supreme Court: Why nine justices? Why does the president, and not the current justices, appoint new justices?

Participating faculty: 
William H. J. Hubbard
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William H. J. Hubbard, "A Different Kind of Supreme Court? Empirical Study of the Supreme Court of India"

In this talk, I'll describe current empirical work on the Supreme Court of India, considered by many to be the most powerful court in the world.

Part of Chicago's intellectual tradition is a willingness to take nothing for granted. Comparative study of legal institutions often reveals to us exactly how much we take for granted in the design of our legal institutions. Take the US Supreme Court: Why nine justices? Why does the president, and not the current justices, appoint new justices?

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
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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
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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
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