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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Simons on the Tort/Crime Distinction

Prosser Award winner Ken Simons has posted to SSRN The Crime/Tort Distinction:  Legal Doctrine and Normative Perspectives.  The abstract provides:

This essay provides an overview of the crime/tort distinction. It first investigates some of the fundamental differences between criminal law and tort law in doctrine and legal structure. It then explores some important similarities and differences in normative perspectives between the two doctrinal fields. This typology should prove analytically useful for examining some of the specific issues at the borderline of crime and torts — such as the proper scope of punitive damage liability and the question whether criminal law as well as tort law should vary legal sanctions simply because of the fortuitous occurrence of harm.

This is a piece he wrote for a symposium here at Widener.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/tortsprof/2019/01/simons-on-the-tortcrime-distinction.html

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