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Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

Law and Society

2010

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Free Will Ideology: Experiments, Evolution And Virtue Ethics, John A. Humbach Mar 2010

Free Will Ideology: Experiments, Evolution And Virtue Ethics, John A. Humbach

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

The concept of free will is a problematic basis for assessing legal accountability.

First of all, free will could never have evolved in a world of ordinary biological pressures. There is, moreover, substantial experimental evidence against it. This evidentiary situation is a serious moral concern because free will ideology plays a key role in justifying punishment in criminal law. People draw a sharp distinction between the suffering of innocents and suffering that is deserved. As a basis for criminal punishment, the very concept of just deserts usually presupposes that wrongdoers have a choice in what they do.

The essay proceeds …


Preventing Identity Theft And Other Financial Abuses Perpetrated Against Vulnerable Members Of Society: Keeping The Horse In The Barn Rather Than Litigating Over The Cause And/Or Consequences Of His Leaving, Irene D. Johnson Mar 2010

Preventing Identity Theft And Other Financial Abuses Perpetrated Against Vulnerable Members Of Society: Keeping The Horse In The Barn Rather Than Litigating Over The Cause And/Or Consequences Of His Leaving, Irene D. Johnson

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

This article examines a troubling issue: the execution of important documents by individuals who are vulnerable, because of age, hospitalization, or other impairment, to financial abuse. Oftentimes, such individuals execute wills that are subsequently challenged on the grounds of lack of capacity or undue influence or execute writings which enable financial predators to prey on the individuals. Such predatory schemes often result in injury to the vulnerable individuals which might then be remediated by criminal or civil statute.

The purpose of this article is to propose a procedure by which much suffering and litigation could be prevented. If such a …


Doubting Free Will: Three Experiments, John A. Humbach Jan 2010

Doubting Free Will: Three Experiments, John A. Humbach

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

This paper describes three experiments that cast doubt on the existence free will. All deal with the phenomenon that, for a variety of reasons, people do not consciously experience events (including their own “choices”) at the exact instant they occur. The existence of these delays is sufficient to cast serious doubt on the possibility of conscious free will, i.e., free will as we usually understand it.

While these experiments do not definitely exclude the possibility of free will, they do provide affirmative evidence that our brains do not consciously make decisions in quite the way that introspection tells us. As …


Legalism And Decisionism In Crisis, Noa Ben-Asher Jan 2010

Legalism And Decisionism In Crisis, Noa Ben-Asher

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

In the years since September 11, 2001, scholars have advocated two main positions on the role of law and the proper balance of powers among the branches of government in emergencies. This Article critiques these two approaches-which could be called Legalism and Decisionism-and offers a third way. Debates between Legalism and Decisionism turn on (1) whether emergencies can be governed by prescribed legal norms; and (2) what the balance of powers among the three branches of government should be in emergencies. Under the Legalist approach, legal norms can and should guide governmental response to emergencies, and the executive branch is …


We Can Work It Out: Co-Op Compulsory Licensing As The Way Forward In Improving Access To Anti-Retroviral Drugs, Horace E. Anderson Jan 2010

We Can Work It Out: Co-Op Compulsory Licensing As The Way Forward In Improving Access To Anti-Retroviral Drugs, Horace E. Anderson

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

This Article explores the social and developmental underpinnings of the access problem and describes the legal framework that provides the backdrop for the Waiver's licensing scheme. Part III examines the various lenses, humanitarian, economic, and political, through which the underutilization problem may be viewed and explained. Part IV sets out the structural heart of the Waiver scheme's deficiencies: the notion of the “compulsory” license itself. Part V posits a co-op scheme of licensing that aligns the concerns, goals, and incentives of IP owners, importers, exporters, and consumers. Finally, the Article relates the proposed scheme to more general trends in thinking …


Sovereignty In The Age Of Twitter, Donald L. Doernberg Jan 2010

Sovereignty In The Age Of Twitter, Donald L. Doernberg

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

To a degree unimaginable even as recently as twenty-five years ago, people all over the world can communicate with each other easily, cheaply, and frequently, with the concomitant result that people learn more about what is happening elsewhere in the world and even in their own countries. Governments can no longer control information flow nearly to the extent that was once possible, and that has enabled people outside of government to know much more about what government is doing and to know it considerably sooner than might otherwise have been the case. That availability of information is changing the nature …


The Third Wave's Break From Feminism, Bridget J. Crawford Jan 2010

The Third Wave's Break From Feminism, Bridget J. Crawford

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

Janet Halley proves that third-wave feminism is wrong - wrongly described, that is. Young feminists in the United States tout a "third wave" of feminism that is hip, ironic and playful - the supposed opposite of the dour and strident "second wave" of 1970's feminism. Goodbye frumpy sandals; hello sexy fishnets, according to third-wave feminism. Initially young women themselves (and now writers and scholars) embraced a pervasive wave metaphor to convey the belief that differences within feminism are generational. Youth crashes against (and ultimately overtakes) its elders. But rifts within feminism cannot be so neatly explained. The story is more …