Faculty Colloquia

Upcoming Events

March 7, 2024 Thursday

TNH 2.111 (Sheffield-Massey Room)
11:30am - 12:50pm

Moderator:

Faculty Colloquium - Christopher Lewis, Harvard Law School

Speaker:

UNLOCKING LEX TALIONIS Critics argue that judgments about the “proportionality” of punishment are inherently subject to discretionary bias, impossible to operationalize, and unable to provide a meaningful critique of American Mass Incarceration. In this paper, I attempt to operationalize the classical retributive formulation of proportionality—Lex Talionis, or “an eye for an eye,” which is widely regarded as barbarically punitive. I do so in conjunction with a conservative set of assumptions that should be biased against my conclusions, to give some rough estimates of what it might in fact entail as a limit on the severity of permissible punishment. I argue that Lex Talionis would in fact demand a radically lenient transformation of the criminal legal systems of the United States (and many other countries), reducing incarceration for non-homicide offenses by at least an order of magnitude. One might still reject Lex Talionis, but not because it is barbarically punitive. Indeed, if I am right about what it entails, many skeptics will likely think that it is not punitive enough.

March 21, 2024 Thursday

TNH 2.111 (Sheffield-Massey Room)
11:30am - 12:50pm

Moderator:

Faculty Colloquium - John Goldberg, Harvard Law School

Speaker:

TBD

March 28, 2024 Thursday

TNH 2.111 (Sheffield-Massey Room)
11:30am - 12:50pm

Moderator:

Faculty Colloquium - Jill Fisch, University of Pennsylvania

Speaker:

TBD

April 4, 2024 Thursday

TNH 2.111 (Sheffield-Massey Room)
11:30am - 12:50pm

Moderator:

Faculty Colloquium - TBD

Speaker:

TBD

April 11, 2024 Thursday

TNH 2.111 (Sheffield-Massey Room)
11:30am - 12:50pm

Moderator:

Faculty Colloquium - Danielle D'Onofro, Washington University in St. Louis

Speaker:

TBD

April 18, 2024 Thursday

TNH 2.111 (Sheffield-Massey Room)
11:30am - 12:50pm

Moderator:

Faculty Colloquium - Barry Friedman, New York University

Speaker:

TBD

April 25, 2024 Thursday

TNH 2.111 (Sheffield-Massey Room)
11:30am - 12:50pm

Moderator:

Faculty Colloquium - Maeve Glass, Columbia Law School

Speaker:

TBD