USD School of Law Institute for Law & Philosophy Criminal Defenses Round Table

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USD School of Law Institute for Law & Philosophy Criminal Defenses Round Table

This event occurred in the past

Date and Time

  • Friday, April 26, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location

Warren Hall, Faculty Reading Room

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

Cost

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Details

The topic of the 2019 Institute for Law and Philosophy round table will be Criminal Defenses. Though we can discuss individual defenses — such as self-defense, necessity, insanity, and duress — the focus will be on issues about the underlying structure of defenses and their inter-relations.

 

Topics include:

  • What is the division of labor between justifications and excuses?

  • Are all policy-based exemptions non-exculpatory?

  • Might self-defense be a special case of necessity?

  • Is necessity best conceptualized as a justification or an excuse?

  • Is duress best conceptualized as a justification or an excuse?

  • In what ways are duress and necessity similar and in what ways different?

  • Should there be partial justifications or excuses?

  • Is provocation a (partial) justification or excuse or just an element of actus reus?

  • Does a particular kind of defense (e.g. necessity or duress) always sound in justification or excuse, or can our answer vary with the details of the defense?

  • Should justifications be fact-relative, evidence-relative, or belief-relative.

Confirmed Participants:

  • Larry Alexander, USD School of Law

  • Richard Arneson, UC San Diego

  • Saba Bazargan-Forward, UC San Diego

  • Mitchell Berman, University of Pennsylvania

  • David Brink, UC San Diego

  • Laurence Claus, USD School of Law

  • Don Dripps, USD School of Law

  • Dov Fox, USD School of Law

  • Heidi Hurd, University of Illinois

  • Douglas Husak, Rutgers University

  • Gabe Mendlow, University of Michigan

  • Michael Moore, University of Illinois

  • Dana Nelkin, UC San Diego

  • Sam Rickless, UC San Diego

  • Maimon Schwarzschild, USD School of Law

  • Steve Smith, USD School of Law

  • Horacio Spector, USD School of Law

  • Evan Tiffany, Simon Fraser University

  • Gary Watson, University of Southern California

  • Peter Westen, University of Michigan (retired)

  • Gideon Yaffe, Yale University

Institute for Law and Philosophy

The mission of the Institute for Law and Philosophy is to advance knowledge on legal topics of philosophical significance, particularly those implicating moral, political and religious philosophical issues.

In furtherance of its mission, the Institute endeavors:

To educate law school faculty and students on the philosophical implications of various legal topics by introducing them to relevant literature and arguments and exposing them to major international scholars working on those topics.
To forge bonds between major international scholars and the wealth of talent on the USD law faculty and to acquaint others with the rich tradition of high-level intellectual exchange that characterizes the School of Law.
To supply conference papers of major significance written by internationally known scholars to USD's San Diego Law Review and Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues.

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