Chicago's Best Ideas

Martha Nussbaum, "Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach"

International agencies used to measure the quality of life in a nation simply by looking at GDP per capita. Recently that approach has been challenged by an approach that focuses on people's "capabilities": what they are actually able to do and be, their substantial freedoms, in some central areas of life.


63:15 minutes (57.9 MB)

Martha Nussbaum, "Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach"

International agencies used to measure the quality of life in a nation simply by looking at GDP per capita. Recently that approach has been challenged by an approach that focuses on people's "capabilities": what they are actually able to do and be, their substantial freedoms, in some central areas of life.

Rosalind Dixon, "Partial Constitutional Amendments"

Art. V of the Constitution makes the formal process of constitutional amendment extremely difficult - in fact far too difficult according to most constitutional scholars. But does it matter? And if so, what can we do about it?


63:40 minutes (58.29 MB)

Rosalind Dixon, "Partial Constitutional Amendments"

Art. V of the Constitution makes the formal process of constitutional amendment extremely difficult - in fact far too difficult according to most constitutional scholars. But does it matter? And if so, what can we do about it?

Chicago's Best Ideas: Richard Epstein, "Can the United States Survive Health Care Reform?"

Date: 
04.08.2010
Location: 
Room II

The recent health care bill represents what is likely to turn out to be the most comprehensive health care reform ever, Medicare included. Yet many of its provisions were included in the last minute without serious discussion or debate. And those provisions that have been in all versions of the bill since the outset are likely to have profound, if unintended consequences.

Faculty: 
Richard A. Epstein

Chicago's Best Ideas: Geof Stone, "OT 1972: A Year With Justice Brennan"

Date: 
04.20.2010
Location: 
Room II

In 1972-73, Geoffrey Stone served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. The 1972 Term was an eventful one for the Supreme Court, resulting in landmark decisions in such areas as obscenity, equal protection, abortion, and criminal procedure.

Faculty: 
Geoffrey R. Stone

Emily Buss, “What the Law Should (and Should Not) Learn From Child Development Research”

The law has always treated children differently, and these differences in treatment are largely attributed to differences in capacity. Children lack the decision making ability and the self-control of adults, the cases and commentary explains, and therefore should be given less control over their own lives, and blamed less severely for their offenses.


65:58 minutes (60.4 MB)

Emily Buss, “What the Law Should (and Should Not) Learn From Child Development Research”

The law has always treated children differently, and these differences in treatment are largely attributed to differences in capacity. Children lack the decision making ability and the self-control of adults, the cases and commentary explains, and therefore should be given less control over their own lives, and blamed less severely for their offenses.

Chicago's Best Ideas: Anup Malani, "Information and the Tragedy of the Commons"

Date: 
03.29.2010
Location: 
Room II

Should the government produce information on, say, climate, employment rates, or drug safety? If so, should it make that information freely available? Or, should it charge for access or perhaps allow access only for certain uses? Indeed, should the government bar private individuals who gather data from making those data freely available?

Faculty: 
Anup Malani

Chicago's Best Ideas: Rosalind Dixon, "Partial Constitutional Amendments"

Date: 
02.16.2010
Location: 
Room II

As part of the Chicago's Best Ideas series, Assistant Professor Rosalind Dixon will deliver the lecture "Partial Constitutional Amendments."

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