Crime and Law

photograph of empty courtroom from Judge's perspective with gavel in foreground

To Requite, To Restore, or To Deter: Punishing Amy Cooper

What model of punishment best accommodates our intuitions in this particular case?
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The BARD Standard and Justified Execution

Does the very possibility of wrongful conviction — inherent to the BARD standard — render capital punishment unconscionable?
black-and-white photograph of protestor taking photo of "White Silence is Violence" sign with phone

Censoring “Gratuitous” Violence

Confronting real-world violence can be an important agent of change. Might we have a social responsibility to share and bear witness to real-life horrors?
photograph of BLM protester with sign explaining white privilege

Undoing White Privilege

Identifying and disassembling the institutions of white supremacy will require a concerted effort. What does allyship require?
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Qualified Immunity: An Unqualified Disaster?

Can the lengths the law goes to hide institutional actors from public accountability be morally justified?
black-and-white photgraph of protestors holding "Defund the Police" sign

“Defund the Police”: A Powerful if Ambiguous Slogan

Abolishing law enforcement as we know it could mean many different things. Can the history of the police force give us direction in where to go from here?
Detail of the SCOTUS building that reads "equal justice under law"

Gorsuch, Textualism, and The Magic Lamp

How did a staunchly conservative Supreme Court judge side with a sweeping win for the LGBT community? The answer lies in textualism.
Police officer on horseback. Both horse and person are shown from behind

The Immorality of Nonhuman Police Officers

As many police practices come under increasing scrutiny, we must consider the role of nonhuman animals in police forces.
A protester displays a sign at the "Justice for Trayvon Martin Rally" at Krutch Park in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. The sign reads, "NRA laws protect racist vigilantes."

The Vigilante “True Man” is Not a Good Man

We need to examine laws like Stand Your Ground that protect and make space for citizen vigilantes. How can we justify their roles in society now?
Protest in Australia; two signs are visible: one reads "lest we forget the frontier wars, black lives, white lies" and one shows a black and red image of Australia with the word "genocide" written on it

Black Lives Matter: Australia

As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the world, Australia must also confront the very present racism of how Indigenous people are treated by police.