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Spring 2021 Reading Group

Repairing Wrongs: Crimes and Torts

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam

If Alice assaults Billie, she has committed both a crime and a tort in the same instant. The state can criminally punish her and Billie can sue her for damages. Through the close reading of philosophical
texts, this Reading Group tries to make sense of these overlapping legal systems. Themes include the moral justification of criminal punishment and tort law remedies, the difference between criminal and tortious wrongs, the public/private law distinction, the means by which individuals can “repair” their wrongs, and the dual expansion of both criminal and tort liability. The Reading Group will meet for six
two-hour sessions, and participation will be graded credit/fail.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 2/3, 2/17, 2/24, 3/24, 4/7, 4/14.