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Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society
is pleased to announce the next talk in the Spring 2018 CSLS Speaker Series,

Vincent Chiao is Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law at University of Toronto

He will be speaking on his book
Criminal Law in the Age of the Administrative State
(Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018)

This chapter sketches the gradual emergence of criminal law as public law over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as public institutions gradually asserted control over most aspects of the criminal process. Public institutions collectively manage the risk of crime, in part by mobilizing practices of policing, prosecution and punishment. The development of the welfare state in the early decades of the 20th century provides a model for analyzing criminal law as public law. Institutionally dense welfare states represent a social commitment to treating crime as a publicly shared burden rather than merely a tragedy to be borne privately. This transformation suggests that, rather than modeling crime and punishment on the rights of parties in the state of nature, a normative theory of criminal law should be appropriately sensitive to the institutional morality and political legitimacy of public institutions.

Please join us on Monday, February 12 from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave. 

The Introduction and Chapter 1 of Professor Chiao’s book are available online at our website and in hard copy at the Center.

Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

Jonathan Simon, Faculty Director
Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director


Monday, February 12, 2018
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Center for the Study of Law and Society


Philip Selznick Seminar Room
2240 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720-2150 United States
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