Chicago's Best Ideas

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.

CBI: Omri Ben-Shahar, "One-Way Contracts"

Date: 
10.13.2009
Location: 
Room II

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.

Faculty: 
Omri Ben-Shahar

M. Todd Henderson, "The Nanny Corporation"

We are all familiar with the Nanny State: governments telling us what we can put in our bodies, to wear seatbelts, not to talk on our cell phones while driving, and so on. But governments are not the only institutions that act paternalistically—we are seeing the rise of the Nanny Corporation.


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M. Todd Henderson, "The Nanny Corporation"

We are all familiar with the Nanny State: governments telling us what we can put in our bodies, to wear seatbelts, not to talk on our cell phones while driving, and so on. But governments are not the only institutions that act paternalistically—we are seeing the rise of the Nanny Corporation.

Chicago's Best Ideas

Date: 
11.16.2006

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to present the Fifth Annual Chicago's Best Ideas series.

Chicago's Best Ideas

Date: 
10.17.2006

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to present the Fifth Annual Chicago's Best Ideas series. On Tuesday, October 17, 2006, Saul Levmore, Dean and William B. Graham Professor of Law, will speak on "One Law at a Time." The lecture will take place in Classroom II of the University of Chicago Law School at 12:15 pm.

Faculty: 
Saul Levmore

Chicago's Best Ideas

Date: 
10.03.2006

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to present the Fifth Annual Chicago's Best Ideas series. On Tuesday, October 3, 2006, Cass Sunstein, Karl N.

Chicago's Best Ideas

Date: 
05.10.2006

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to present the Fourth Annual Chicago's Best Ideas series. On Wednesday, May 10, 2006,Tracey Meares, Max Pam Professor of Law and Director, Center for Studies in Criminal Justice, will speak on gun crime reduction strategies.

Chicago's Best Ideas

Date: 
04.27.2006

The University of Chicago Law School is proud to present the Fourth Annual Chicago's Best Ideas series. On Thursday, April 27.

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