Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought

2015-2016 Lecture Series - CRIMINALS and ENEMIES


The CRIMINALS and ENEMIES  lecture series is sponsored by the Lamont Fund and the Department of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought at Amherst College.

A few words about our theme. 

The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect has renewed a debate that has vexed thinkers since the 9.11 attacks--whether terror suspects should be treated as criminals or enemy combatants.  That debate, however, has left largely untouched the more foundational distinction between criminal and enemy, a distinction foundational to liberal legality. Our seminar series will examine the changing meaning of the criminal-enemy distinction.  In an age of global legality and universal human rights, is it meaningful to consider any person as beyond the protections of an organized community?  Should citizenship continue to define a meaningful limitation on how a nation-state treats a person or group committed to violently disrupting social order?  What assumptions about persons and law inform the distinction between enemy and criminal, and do those assumptions remain meaningful?

 

Please Mark your calendars for these speakers!

 

 
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  September 23, 2015 - Wednesday
 4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Jennifer Daskal, Assistant Professor, American University Washington College of Law

"TBA"
 
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October 28, 2015 -  Wednesday  
 4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Sara Kendall, Lecturer in Law, Kent University Law School, United Kingdom

"TBA"

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December 2, 2015  - Wednesday
4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Shima Baradaran, Associate Professor College of Law, University of Utah
"TBA"
 
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Feb. 10, 2016 -   Wednesday
4:30pm
Clark 100
Devin Pendas, Associate Professor of History
Boston College

" TBA"

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     March 9, 2016  -  Wednesday
4:30pm   
Clark 100
 
Stephen Clingman, Asst. Professor of English
University of Massachusetts
"TBA"

   
 
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April 13, 2016 - Wednesday
4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Kim Priemel,  Assistant Professor, Humboldt University - Berlin

"TBA"

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Clark House