Philosophy of Law/Jurisprudence
What makes a written text a piece of law? Are laws human conventions? How should judges decide difficult cases? Why should we obey the law? Should we obey immoral laws? How many errors does the criminal justice system make? What is a tolerable margin of error? How should errors be managed?
Time and Venue
Part 1 - Law and Interpretation
Mon February 22 & Wed February 24Same topic as last week
Mon February 29 & Wed March 2Writing workshop. Come prepared with ideas for graded assignment 2 (PDF)
Part 2 - Law and Morality
Mon March 28 & Wed March 30Same topic as last week
Mon April 11 & Wed April 13Writing workshop. Come prepared with ideas for graded assignment 3 (PDF)
Part 3 - Wrongful Convictions
- It's Spring break!
Mon May 9 & Wed May 11We know that some innocent are convicted, but how many are they?
- Risinger, Innocents Convicted (article)
Mon May 16 & Wed May 18How can we control and manage decisional errors at trial?
- Hamer, Probabilistic Standards of Proof (article)
- Reading Risinger (PDF)
- Reading Hart (PDF)
- Reading Plato's Crito (PDF)