Wednesday, January 20, 2010
On February 5, 2010 from 9:00 A.M. - 4:15 P.M., Brooklyn Law School will host its David G. Trager Public Symposium. The topic this year is Sharing the Blame: The Law and Morality of Punishing Public Entities.
About the Program
Symposium will discuss the nature, ethics, and law of imposing
punishment on collective entities. Does it make sense to impose blame
on a group as a group, as opposed to its individual members? Even if
blame is appropriate, how do we decide the proper form and amount of
punishment? How do we even conceive of a group as having its own
independent existence or identity? The answers to these questions have
significant implications for the scope and enforcement of criminal law.
Over the course of several panels, the Symposium will seek to derive
broad general insights from various academic disciplines and will
consider the practical legal applications of those findings. It will
address the psychological processes that lead people to treat groups as
having independent existence, and the moral and philosophical
consequences of doing so. Later discussion will apply these lessons to
the specific legal context of corporate crime.
Panelists include Miriam Baer, Jayne Barnard, Michael Cahill, Meir Dan-Cohen, James Fanto, John Hasnas, Peter Henning, Bertram Malle, Leonard Orland, Steven Sherman, Marion Smiley, Lawrence Solan, Hon. David G. Trager, and Tom Tyler.