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Law and Economics of Death Penalty

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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] as a Related Elective for those interested in Criminal Jurisprudence : Whether your focus in criminal law is policy or trial work, you should understand the current status of the death penalty in the U.S. and the potential for change. This course covers both the history of the death penalty and issues like the evidence of deterrence and racial discrimination in the administration of the death penalty.

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This course will explore three primary issues: 1) the Supreme Court's forty-year effort to define what cases can permissibly receive the death penalty and the procedures under which it must be imposed; 2) the arguments for and against the death penalty, with a major focus on whether the death penalty deters, is administered in a racially biased way, or is otherwise implemented in an arbitrary and capricious manner; and 3) what the US and international status of the death penalty is today and what the prospects are for the future. The readings on deterrence and racial discrimination will entail some substantial statistical analysis, although a background in statistics, though helpful, will not be required.

Course Style: A Substantive course teaches the law, theory, and policy in a particular area of law

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