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Smith And Hogan At Villanova: Reflections On Anglo-American Criminal Law, The Definition Of Rape, And What America Still Needs To Learn From England, Michelle Madden Dempsey Oct 2016

Smith And Hogan At Villanova: Reflections On Anglo-American Criminal Law, The Definition Of Rape, And What America Still Needs To Learn From England, Michelle Madden Dempsey

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Representing Interdisciplinarity, Kunal M. Parker Nov 2015

Representing Interdisciplinarity, Kunal M. Parker

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The Biography Of Gratian, The Father Of Canon Law, Kenneth Pennington Sep 2014

The Biography Of Gratian, The Father Of Canon Law, Kenneth Pennington

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Judicial Decision Making In A World Of Natural Law And Natural Rights, George C. Christie Jan 2012

Judicial Decision Making In A World Of Natural Law And Natural Rights, George C. Christie

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In Support Of Moral Absolutes, Candace Vogler Jan 2012

In Support Of Moral Absolutes, Candace Vogler

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Finnis On Lonergan: A Reflection, Frederick G. Lawrence Jan 2012

Finnis On Lonergan: A Reflection, Frederick G. Lawrence

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Comments On George Christie's "Judicial Decision Making In A World Of Natural Law And Natural Rights", Patrick Mckinley Brennan Jan 2012

Comments On George Christie's "Judicial Decision Making In A World Of Natural Law And Natural Rights", Patrick Mckinley Brennan

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The Use And Abuse Of Presumptions: Some Comments On Dempsey And Finnis, Matthew Lister Jan 2012

The Use And Abuse Of Presumptions: Some Comments On Dempsey And Finnis, Matthew Lister

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Response To Candace Vogler, "In Support Of Moral Absolutes", Michael P. Moreland Jan 2012

Response To Candace Vogler, "In Support Of Moral Absolutes", Michael P. Moreland

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Comment, Richard A. Munkelt Jan 2012

Comment, Richard A. Munkelt

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Response, John Finnis Jan 2012

Response, John Finnis

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What Makes Practical Reason Law-Like?, Michael J. White Jan 2012

What Makes Practical Reason Law-Like?, Michael J. White

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On Finnis's Way In, Michelle Madden Dempsey Jan 2012

On Finnis's Way In, Michelle Madden Dempsey

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Practical Reason, Human Nature, And The Epistemology Of Ethics: John Finnis's Contribution To The Rediscovery Of Aristotelian Ethical Methodology In Aquinas's Moral Philosophy: A Personal Account, Martin Rhonheimer Jan 2012

Practical Reason, Human Nature, And The Epistemology Of Ethics: John Finnis's Contribution To The Rediscovery Of Aristotelian Ethical Methodology In Aquinas's Moral Philosophy: A Personal Account, Martin Rhonheimer

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Response To Fr. Rhonheimer, Anna Bonta Moreland Jan 2012

Response To Fr. Rhonheimer, Anna Bonta Moreland

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Arsenic And Old Chemistry: Images Of Mad Alchemists, Experts Attacking Experts, And The Crisis In Forensic Science, David S. Caudill May 2009

Arsenic And Old Chemistry: Images Of Mad Alchemists, Experts Attacking Experts, And The Crisis In Forensic Science, David S. Caudill

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Drawing on research into the use of experts in early 19th-century criminal trials, the image of mad alchemists in popular culture representations of science, and the distinction between empirical and contingent “interpretive repertoires” in the discourse of scientific controversies, this article explores the controversy over arsenic-detection technologies prior to the Marsh test. In addition to noting the predictable criticism of incompetent expertise in the service of law, this article highlights implied accusations of hubris and amorality on the part of over-confident experts, both in the early 19th-century and in today's crisis of forensic science.


Abortion Across State Lines, Joseph W. Dellapenna May 2009

Abortion Across State Lines, Joseph W. Dellapenna

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In this Article, I propose to analyze conflicts of law precedents and theory to explore the extent to which a state can apply its law on abortion to abortions performed outside the state but bearing a significant connection to the state. In attempting to resolve such questions, we enter into the domain of choice of law, part of the field of conflicts of law. This domain is notoriously unstable and contested. This instability allows legal commentators to project their attitudes towards abortion (and many other matters) in analyzing and construing the relevant authorities to resolve choice of law issues. I ...


How The Separation Of Powers Doctrine Shaped The Executive, Louis J. Sirico Jr. Jun 2008

How The Separation Of Powers Doctrine Shaped The Executive, Louis J. Sirico Jr.

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This Article examines the debates of the Founders over the separation of powers doctrine as it relates to the executive branch. After surveying the experience in the colonies and under the post-Revolutionary state constitutions, it analyzes the relevant issues at the Constitutional Convention. Rather than focusing on abstract discussions of political theory, the article examines specific decisions and controversies in which separation of powers was a concern. The Article offers a detailed recounting of those debates. At the Convention, separation of powers arose most prominently in the arguments over nine issues: choosing the Executive, permitting the Executive to stand for ...


“Militant Judgement?: Judicial Ontology, Constitutional Poetics, And ‘The Long War’”, Penelope J. Pether Jun 2008

“Militant Judgement?: Judicial Ontology, Constitutional Poetics, And ‘The Long War’”, Penelope J. Pether

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This Article, a contribution to the Cardozo Law Review symposium in honor of Alain Badiou’s Being and Event, uses Badiou’s theorizing of the event and of the militant in Being and Event as a basis for an exploration of problems of judicial ontology and constitutional hermeneutics raised in recent decisions by common law courts dealing with the legislative and executive confinement of “Islamic” asylum seekers, “enemy combatants” and “terrorism suspects,” and certain classes of criminal offenders in spaces beyond the doctrines, paradigms and institutions of the criminal law. The Article proposes an ontology and a poetics of judging ...


“We Are At War And You Should Not Bother The President”: The Suffrage Pickets And Freedom Of Speech During World War I, Catherine J. Lanctot May 2008

“We Are At War And You Should Not Bother The President”: The Suffrage Pickets And Freedom Of Speech During World War I, Catherine J. Lanctot

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The story of Alice Paul’s National Woman’s Party and its 1917 picketing campaign onbehalf of woman suffrage is almost unknown in legal circles. Yet the suffrage pickets were among the earliest victims of the suppression of dissent that accompanied the entry of the United States into World War I. Nearly forty years before the modern civil rights movement brought the concept of nonviolent civil disobedience to the forefront of American political discourse, the NWP conducted a direct action campaign at the very doorstep of the President of the United States, and they did so during a time of ...


Five Decades Of Corporation Law - From Conglomeration To Equity Compensation, Richard A. Booth Apr 2008

Five Decades Of Corporation Law - From Conglomeration To Equity Compensation, Richard A. Booth

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This brief essay recounts developments in corporation law over the last fifty years. It begins with the rise of finance capitalism and the conglomerate corporation which was followed by the emergence of hostile takeovers in the late 1970s and 1980s. One of the key events in this saga was the February 1, 1983 decision by the Delaware Supreme Court in Weinberger v. UOP, Inc. that effectively permitted the at-will elimination of minority stockholders through cashout mergers. Takeovers were also facilitated by two major financial developments: (1) the growth of institutional investors coupled with the growing taste of diversified investors for ...


Harmonizing Plural Societies: The Cases Of Lasallians, Families, Schools – And The Poor, Patrick Mckinley Brennan Apr 2007

Harmonizing Plural Societies: The Cases Of Lasallians, Families, Schools – And The Poor, Patrick Mckinley Brennan

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The modern state characteristically assumes or asserts a monopoly over “group persons” and their right to exist; group persons are said to exist at the pleasure or concession of the state. According to Catholic social teaching, by contrast, these unities of order -- such as church and family, as well as corporations and schools and the like -- are, at least in potency, ontologically prior to the state. Such group persons both constitute conditions of the possibility of human flourishing and, correlatively, impose limitations on the “sovereign” state. Such group persons are not mere concessions of an unbounded state: They are ontological ...


A Quandary In Law? A (Qualified) Catholic Denial, Patrick Mckinley Brennan Apr 2007

A Quandary In Law? A (Qualified) Catholic Denial, Patrick Mckinley Brennan

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A contribution to the second law review symposium dedicated to Steven Smith’s Law’s Quandary (Harvard 2004), this paper asks whether the “quandary” in which Smith finds modern law and jurisprudence is not, at least in part, the consequence of misunderstanding the classical natural law jurisprudence. The paper advances an interpretation of natural law according to which the natural law is the human person’s “participation” in the eternal law itself, with literally cosmic consequences for how we understand the ends and measures of human lawmaking. Mounting an argument against Justice Scalia’s thesis that “God applies the natural ...


Why The Supreme Court Lied In Plessy, David S. Bogen Jan 2007

Why The Supreme Court Lied In Plessy, David S. Bogen

Villanova Law Review

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As An International Human Rights Leader, Henry J. Richardson Iii Jan 2007

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As An International Human Rights Leader, Henry J. Richardson Iii

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The Decreasing Ontological Density Of The State In Catholic Social Doctrine, Patrick Mckinley Brennan Nov 2006

The Decreasing Ontological Density Of The State In Catholic Social Doctrine, Patrick Mckinley Brennan

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Over the last century-plus, Catholic social thought has gradually reduced the ontological density of the state, to the point that the state now appears to have only a tentative grasp on the natural law basis of its legitimacy. During the first part of the twentieth century, Catholic social doctrine tended to view the legitimate state as a participant in the divine rule; although draped in a sacred mantle, the state was subject to the limits imposed by the divine and natural law. In response to the totalitarian states’ transgressing of those limits at mid-century, Catholic thinkers reduced the scope and ...


Original Intent In The First Congress, Louis J. Sirico Jr. Nov 2006

Original Intent In The First Congress, Louis J. Sirico Jr.

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Most of the literature on this country’s Founding Era concludes that at least in the very early years, the Founders did not look to original intent to construe the Constitution. However, this study looks not at what the Founders said they believed, but how they acted. In the First Federal Congress, the members did use arguments based on original intent. This study identifies their originalist arguments and categorizes them into five rhetorical categories. It concludes that these arguments did not dominate the debates, but were one type of argument among many.


You’Re So Vain, I’Ll Bet You Think This Song Is About You, Joseph W. Dellapenna Apr 2006

You’Re So Vain, I’Ll Bet You Think This Song Is About You, Joseph W. Dellapenna

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Dispelling the Myths of Abortion History covers over 1,000 years of abortion history in England and America, with special emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It presents an accurate and thoroughly fresh look at that history, reaching several unorthodox conclusions without taking sides on the merits of the abortion debate. The true history of abortion in England and America is important because Justice Harry Blackmun, drawing on the work of law professor Cyril Means, structured the argument of the majority in Roe v. Wade around the history of abortion laws. Means’ argument was later buttressed by the work ...


Privacy Law In The New Millennium: A Tribute To Richard C. Turkington, Gregory P. Magarian Jan 2006

Privacy Law In The New Millennium: A Tribute To Richard C. Turkington, Gregory P. Magarian

Villanova Law Review

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The Ghost Of Alan Freed: An Analysis Of The Merit And Purpose Of Anti-Payola Laws In Today's Music Industry, Kristen Lee Repyneck Jan 2006

The Ghost Of Alan Freed: An Analysis Of The Merit And Purpose Of Anti-Payola Laws In Today's Music Industry, Kristen Lee Repyneck

Villanova Law Review

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