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Friday, August 28, 2009

Conference: Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law at Rutgers-Newark

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On Friday and Saturday, September 25-26, 2009, Rutgers School of Law-Newark will present a conference entitled "Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law.

The program will consist of the following: 

9:00-9:15 am   
Welcome and Introduction by Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. 

9:15-10:45 am   
The Resurgence of "Character"?: Individuals, Types and Criminalisation - Nicola Lacey (LSE)
Criminal Responsibility and Criminal Liability - Antony Duff (Stirling)
Commentator: Kyron Huigens (Cardozo)

10:45-11:15 am   Break 

11:15 am-12:45 pm   
Are We All Consequentialists Now? - Mitchell Berman (Texas)

Towards a Jurisprudence of Criminal Procedure - Paul Roberts (Nottingham)

Commentator: Michael Cahill (Brooklyn)

12:45-1:45 pm   Lunch

1:45-3:15 pm
Crime, Law, and Political Philosophy - Richard Dagger (Rhodes)

Criminal Law and Political Theory - Matt Matravers (York)

Commentator: Alice Ristroph (Seton Hall)

3:15-3:45 pm   Break

3:45-5:15 pm  
Just Prevention: Preventive Justice and the Limits of the Criminal Law - Andrew Ashworth (Oxford) & Lucia Zedner (Oxford)

The Ontological Problem of "Risk" in Criminal Law - Peter Westen (Michigan)

Commentator: Adil Haque (Rutgers-Newark)

9:30-11:00 am
Beyond the Special Part - Lawrence Alexander (San Diego) & Kimberly Ferzan (Rutgers-Camden) Wrongdoing and Motivation - Victor Tadros (Warwick)
Commentator: Michelle Dempsey (Villanova)

11:00-11:30 am  Break 

11:30 am-1:00 pm
The De Minimis "Defense" to Criminal Liability - Douglas Husak (Rutgers-New Brunswick)
Just Deserts in Unjust Societies: An Offense-Specific Approach - Stuart Green (Rutgers-Newark)
Commentator: Youngjae Lee (Fordham)

1:00-2:00 pm  Lunch 

2:00-3:30 pm
Self-Defence and Punishment - John Gardner (Oxford) & Francois Tanguay-Renaud (Osgoode Hall) Criminal Law as Public Law: Police Powers and Justification - Malcolm Thorburn (Queen's)
Commentator: Vera Bergelson (Rutgers-Newark)

3:30-4:00 pm  Break 

4:00-5:30 pm
Criminal Liability in "Smart Environments" - Mireille Hildebrandt (Vrije Universiteit Brussels)
Title TBA - Christopher Wellman (Washington U.)
Commentator: Ekow Yankah (Cardozo)

5:30-5:45 pm  Closing thoughts

These papers, along with several others, will appear in a book entitled Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law, edited by Antony Duff and Stuart Green, and published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
Additional information, including information about registration, can be obtained on the conference website:

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