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January 28 Tuesday

A Wrong Personal to You - Arthur Ripstein - Seminar in Private Law and Inequality

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 12:10PM - 1:00PM
  • SLB Room 122
  • Open To The Yale Community
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Professor Arthur Ripstein (Toronto Law) will lead a session titled A Wrong Personal to You. This is an open to the public session of the 2020 Seminar in Private Law and Inequality, organised by Professor Daniel Markovits and the YLS Center for Private Law. Lunch will be served. All are welcome, but to attend and receive the paper RSVP to private.law@yale.edu

Arthur Ripstein is Professor of Law and Philosophy and University Professor. He was appointed to the Department of Philosophy in 1987, promoted to Full Professor in 1996, appointed to the Faculty of Law in 1999, and appointed to the rank of University Professor in 2016. He received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in law from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba. He was Chair of the Philosophy Department 2011-14 and Acting Chair 2019-20.

Professor Ripstein's research and teaching interests include torts, legal theory, and political philosophy. In addition to numerous articles in legal theory and political philosophy, he is the author of Private Wrongs (Harvard 2016), Force and Freedom: Kant's Legal and Political Philosophy (Harvard 2009) and Equality, Responsibility and the Law (Cambridge 1999).Oxford University Press will publish his Tanner Lectures, Rules for Wrongdoers in 2020, and Kant and the Law of War in 2021. 2016-18 he held a Killam Fellowship from the Canada Council. He is an Associate Editor of Philosophy & Public Affairs, a former Associate Editor of Ethics and the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, serves on the editorial board of Legal Theory, and is Advisory Editor of the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. His popular work has appeared on Ideas on CBC Radio One.

The 2020 Seminar in Private Law will devote itself to examining questions about the relationship between private law and inequality. We hope to explore how the private law's foundational promise of formal equality fares against the structural inequalities present in our society; how the existing institutions of property, tort and contract contribute to rising inequality; and how private law institutions might be used to remedy inequality. Our ambition is to study the subject from both theoretical and empirical perspectives and to engage champions, as well as critics, of private law. The Seminar will bring together lawyers with scholars from economics, history, anthropology, and philosophy. Other open sessions within the seminar are the following:

28 January Arthur Ripstein (Toronto Law)
A Wrong Personal to You
11 February   John Witt (Yale Law)
Tort as Private Administration
18 February Josh Macey (Cornell Law)
The Regulatory Compact
3 March Liz Sepper (Texas Law)
Converting Corporate Social Responsibility
17 March Gerald Torres (Cornell Law)
24 March Khiara Bridges (Berkeley Law)
Family Law of the Poor
31 March Daniel Sharfstein (Vanderbilt Law)
Second Skins: Arbitration in New York’s Fur Business and the Americanization of an Immigrant Industry, 1912-1938
7 April Daria Rothmayr (USC Gould Law)
Racism Pays
14 April Amy Dru Stanley (Chicago History)
Private Wrongs, Human Rights, and the Power of  Commerce:  A Problem of Sex


Sponsoring Organization(s)

YLS Center for Private Law