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Criminal Law Conversations

Paul H. Robinson, Stephen Garvey, and Kimberly Kessler Ferzan


This book provides an overview of contemporary criminal law debates in the United States. The chapters were assembled using an innovative and interactive method of nominations and commentary. The book showcases the most captivating of these essays, and provides insight into the most fundamental and provocative questions of modern criminal law. Topics range from decision rules and conduct rules to preventive detention, the economics of crime control, self-defense, insanity defense, deterrence, objective versus subjective justification, race-based jury nullification, provocation, criminal respon ... More

Keywords: criminal law debates, United States, decision rules, conduct rules, preventive detention, crime control, self-defense, insanity defense, deterrence, provocation

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199861279
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199861279.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul H. Robinson, editor
Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law

Stephen Garvey, editor
Professor of Law, Cornell University School of Law

Kimberly Kessler Ferzan, editor
Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law, Camden

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Part I Principles

2. Empirical Desert

Paul H. Robinson*

3. Defending Preventive Detention

Christopher Slobogin*

7. Results don’t Matter

Larry Alexander* and Kimberly Kessler Ferzan**

9. Remorse, Apology, and Mercy

Jeffrie G. Murphy*

11. Criminalization and Sharing Wrongs

S.E. Marshall and R.A. Duff*

Part II Doctrine

13. Against Negligence Liability

Larry Alexander* and Kimberly Kessler Ferzan**

15. Provocation

Joshua Dressler*

17. Self-Defense and the Psychotic Aggressor

George P. Fletcher* and Luis E. Chiesa**

Part III Administration

25. Against Jury Nullification

Andrew D. Leipold*

End Matter