Chicago's Best Ideas

Chicago's Best Ideas: Martha Nussbaum, "Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach"

Date: 
03.02.2010
Location: 
Room II

As part of the Chicago's Best Ideas series, Professor Martha Nussbaum will deliver the lecture "Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach."

Faculty: 
Martha Nussbaum

Chicago's Best Ideas: Emily Buss, “What the Law Should (and Should Not) Learn From Child Development Research”

Date: 
01.25.2010
Location: 
Room II

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.  For much of the 20th

Faculty: 
Emily Buss

Saul Levmore, "What’s the Right Drinking Age? and Other Problems of the Slippery Slope"

Legal scholars praise "incrementalism" and "minimalism" in law, which is to say the idea that law should progress in small steps and lawmakers should intervene less rather than more. But the acclaim for these approaches ignores the role of interest groups in our legal system.


62:16 minutes (57.01 MB)

CBI: Saul Levmore, "What’s the Right Drinking Age? and Other Problems of the Slippery Slope"

Legal scholars praise "incrementalism" and "minimalism" in law, which is to say the idea that law should progress in small steps and lawmakers should intervene less rather than more. But the acclaim for these approaches ignores the role of interest groups in our legal system.

Bernard Harcourt, "Neoliberal Penality: A Genealogy of Excess"

What work do the categories "the free market" and "regulation" do for us? Why do we incarcerate one out of every one hundred adults? These seemingly unrelated questions, it turns out, are deeply interconnected. The categories of free and regulated markets emerged as an effort to make sense of irreducibly individual phenomena—unique forms of social organization.


66:03 minutes (60.47 MB)

Omri Ben-Shahar, "One-Way Contracts"

What if consumer contracts were legally enforceable only against the consumers, but not against the business? The idea of "one-way contracts," to which consumers are bound but the businesses are not, is offered as a basis to explore alternative, non-legal consumer protections.

CBI: M. Todd Henderson, "Unsafe Harbors and Other Regulatory Oddities"

Date: 
09.30.2009
Location: 
Room II

Most of what we think about as "law" involves a background rule that conduct is legal with an exception for what lawmakers define as illegal. But there are several other ways in which law is made. The most obvious is the concept of a "safe harbor," where the background rule is that conduct is illegal with an exception for what lawmakers define as legal.

Faculty: 
M. Todd Henderson

Douglas Baird, "Eero Saarinen's Law School"

This Chicago's Best Ideas lecture was recorded May 2, 2009, as part of the Law School's annual reunion festivities. Douglas Baird is Harry A. Bigelow Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.


62:14 minutes (56.98 MB)

CBI: Saul Levmore, "What’s the Right Drinking Age? and Other Problems of the Slippery Slope"

Date: 
11.10.2009
Location: 
Room II

Legal scholars praise "incrementalism" and "minimalism" in law, which is to say the idea that law should progress in small steps and lawmakers should intervene less rather than more. But the acclaim for these approaches ignores the role of interest groups in our legal system.

Faculty: 
Saul Levmore

Bernard Harcourt, "Neoliberal Penality: A Genealogy of Excess"

What work do the categories "the free market" and "regulation" do for us? Why do we incarcerate one out of every one hundred adults? These seemingly unrelated questions, it turns out, are deeply interconnected. The categories of free and regulated markets emerged as an effort to make sense of irreducibly individual phenomena—unique forms of social organization.

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