Category Archives: Legal Theory

Ranchordas on Citizen-Consumers & Smart Cities

Sofia Ranchordas (University of Groningen, Faculty of Law) has posted Citizens as Consumers in the Data Economy: The Case of Smart Cities (4 Journal of European Consumer and Market Law _(2018) (forthcoming)) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: This article offers a critical account of the concept of “citizen-consumer” in the context of smart cities. This hybrid concept emerged in the 1990s with the New Labour Movement in the setting of the liberalization and privatization of public infrastructures to refer to the consumption of public goods and services. The notion of “citizen-consumer” recently reappeared in the literature on smart cities as public bodies collaborate closely with private actors to offer more responsive, efficient, and data-driven public services to their residents and visitors. In this modern form of privatization, public bodies treat citizens as consumers of data-driven services. In this article, I argue that treating….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Schwartz on Qualified Immunity & Decisions Not to Sue Police

Joanna C. Schwartz (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – School of Law) has posted Qualified Immunity Selection Effects on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: Available evidence suggests that only 1% of people who believe they have been wronged by the police ultimately sue. This Article asks what role qualified immunity plays in decisions to forgo litigation by the remaining 99%. The answer to this question is critically important not only for a more complete understanding of the role qualified immunity plays in constitutional litigation, but also for a better understanding of the extent to which the doctrine achieves its goal of shielding government officials from the burdens of discovery and trial in insubstantial cases. Based on the most extensive empirical study to date of the role qualified immunity plays in attorneys’ decisions to file civil rights suits—combining the results of an original docket dataset of almost 1200 federal civil rights….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Man arrested at compound was training kids to be school shooters: prosecutors

The son of a controversial Brooklyn imam who was arrested for abusing kids at an armed compound in New Mexico last week was training the youngsters to commit school shootings, new court documents allege. via nypost.com.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Beswick on the Fish/Mammal Distinction

Samuel Beswick (Harvard Law School) has posted The Decline of the Fish/Mammal Distinction? (University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, vol. 165, pp. 91-97, 2017) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: The public/private distinction was “slain” in 1982. That year, at the Symposium of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Professor Duncan Kennedy set forth his six Stages of the Decline of the Public/Private Distinction, outlining the sequence by which liberal categorizations descend “from robust good health to utter decrepitude.” Professor Kennedy’s famed article concerned the history of legal thought over the course of the twentieth century. He described that history as one of “decline”—not just of the public/private distinction, but of numerous other distinctions said to “constitute the liberal way of thinking about the social world.” He pronounced on the lifecycle of these ideas and the way in which….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Record-breaking Mendocino Complex fires now at 290,692 acres

The Ranch fire dominates the two‑fire complex and now makes up 241,772 acres of the historic total. As of Monday evening, the complex had become California’s largest wildland blaze in state history. via www.pressdemocrat.com good photos... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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