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January - Professor Peter Alces’s book, the Moral Conflict of Law and Neuroscience, was published this month by the University of Chicago Press. Robert Sapolsky, one of the nation’s foremost neuroscientists, had this to say about Peter’s book: “If [this book] had been written by a neuroscientist, it would ‘merely’ be excellent—clear, elegant, and thoughtful. The fact that it was written by a legal scholar makes it extraordinary and very brave. To my knowledge, no such scholar has ever presented so clearly and convincingly a fatal incompatibilism—neuroscience is disassembling the folk psychological notion of human agency on which criminal justice rests. And in the end, Alces convicts the justice system, asserting that the notion of moral responsibility which justifies retribution is itself ultimately immoral."
January 24 - Professor Eric Chason’s article, “Taxing Systemic Risk” was featured in TaxProfBlog. The article discusses problems associated with proposals to tax systemic risk as a regulatory stabilizing measure.
February 5 - A grant from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council will support research by Professor Evan J. Criddle and Professor Evan Fox-Decent of McGill University Faculty of Law on the cosmopolitan justice of international law. Their collaborative scholarship includes “Fiduciaries of Humanity: How International Law Constitutes Authority” (Oxford University Press, 2016). In January, the McGill Law Journal hosted a symposium, which featured the book as a touchstone for discussion by leading scholars. Read more.
March - Professor Darian M. Ibrahim's latest article, "Crowdfunding Signals," has been accepted for publication by the Georgia Law Review. The article uses economic theory on signaling to argue that startups who successfully raise capital through crowdfunding send a positive signal of firm quality to follow-on investors. Crowdfunding viewed as a positive signal can help democratize entrepreneurship and reduce the need for securities law disclosures. The full article is available on SSRN.