Chicago's Best Ideas

Saul Levmore, "Ponzi Schemes and Law's Domain"

Ponzi schemes come in many sizes. The colossal fraud engineered by Bernard Madoff is an occasion to rethink the legal rules and remedies associated with such episodes. But then there are smaller Ponzi-like schemes, such as fraud in law school admissions, and the question of whether law does or should play any role.


59:53 minutes (54.82 MB)

Chicago's Best Ideas with Professor Craig Futterman, "Race in the Obama Era: Observations from Eight Square Blocks of Chicago's South Side"

Date: 
11.17.2011
Location: 
Room II

As we near the end of the first term of our nation’s first African American President, does race still matter?  How have our perceptions of race changed?

Faculty: 
Craig B. Futterman

Chicago's Best Ideas with Professor Anup Malani, "Contract Law, Transactions Costs and the Boundary of the Firm"

Date: 
11.09.2011
Location: 
Room II

In 1937, Ronald Coase asked a profound question: if markets are so efficient at allocating resources, why are so many resources allocated within firms?  Coase’s answer was that market allocation entailed transactions costs and, when these were very high, transactions will take place within firms.

Faculty: 
Anup Malani

Chicago's Best Ideas with Professor Saul Levmore, "Ponzi Schemes and Law's Domain"

Date: 
10.03.2011
Location: 
Room II

Ponzi schemes come in many sizes. The colossal fraud engineered by Bernard Madoff is an occasion to rethink the legal rules and remedies associated with such episodes. But then there are smaller Ponzi-like schemes, such as fraud in law school admissions, and the question of whether law does or should play any role.

Faculty: 
Saul Levmore

Richard Epstein, "Clinical Trials on Trial: How Should the FDA Do Its Job?"

One of the major functions of the FDA is to check new drugs for their safety and effectiveness. The chief tool for doing this has been the double-blind clinical trial.


64:18 minutes (58.88 MB)

Adam Samaha, "Tiebreakers"

What is a tiebreaker? Are some tiebreakers better than others? Does law have tiebreakers? Are ties so terrible that we need to break them? In this CBI, Professor Samaha offers answers to these questions. Using various examples from life and law, he will explain how tiebreakers can be thought of as a peculiar sort of lexically inferior decision rule.

Richard Epstein, "Clinical Trials on Trial: How Should the FDA Do Its Job?"

One of the major functions of the FDA is to check new drugs for their safety and effectiveness. The chief tool for doing this has been the double-blind clinical trial.

Adam Samaha, "Tiebreakers"

What is a tiebreaker? Are some tiebreakers better than others? Does law have tiebreakers? Are ties so terrible that we need to break them? In this CBI, Professor Samaha offers answers to these questions. Using various examples from life and law, he will explain how tiebreakers can be thought of as a peculiar sort of lexically inferior decision rule.


61:44 minutes (56.52 MB)

Mary Anne Case, "'You're Telling Me It's Wrong to Do to the Prisoners What the Army Does to Its Own Soldiers?'"

Among the disturbing reports from a variety of venues at which the U.S. military has conducted interrogations of Islamic male detainees are those detailing exploitation of sexual and gender stereotypes and taboos as a central part of efforts to humiliate and degrade detainees.


57:48 minutes (52.93 MB)

Mary Anne Case, "'You're Telling Me It's Wrong to Do to the Prisoners What the Army Does to Its Own Soldiers?'"

Among the disturbing reports from a variety of venues at which the U.S. military has conducted interrogations of Islamic male detainees are those detailing exploitation of sexual and gender stereotypes and taboos as a central part of efforts to humiliate and degrade detainees.

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