Self-defense is a right so fundamental that the scholarly literature regularly refers to it as the “ancient” or “first civil” right. And at the risk of stating the obvious, it has never been more relevant than in the present era of widespread calls for criminal justice reform. In this presentation, Markus, building on his 2021 critically acclaimed book on the subject, will advance the patinaed discussion by introducing for the first time a comprehensive value-centric approach to thinking about the defense's deeper rationale.
Tackling a topic that has bedeviled the law since before the carving of Hammurabi’s Code is inherently ambitious. But that will not stop us from addressing core issues such as the relative importance of the State's claimed monopoly on force, procedural justice and the need to shore up the justice system's legitimacy and creditworthiness, everyone's presumptive 'right to life,' and the importance of ensuring equal standing between citizens. And, in so doing, we will address public perceptions of 'just' and 'right' outcomes, as well as the emphasis legal systems place (and should place) on State power.
This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.
Key topics to be discussed:
- The necessity of a fundamental re-thinking of our approach to self-defense in this era of wide-spread calls for criminal justice reform.
- Deficiencies in the legislative and scholarly community’s historical approach to the “first civil right” (self-defense).
- How US self-defense law looks from abroad - a comparison with Germany and the UK’s self-defense regimes (spoiler alert - contrary to media portrayals and popular thought, US self-defense law is far more restrictive than you might think).
- Understanding the best path forward by examining common theoretical self-defense questions through the value-centric lens.
Date / Time: September 7, 2021
- 12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Eastern
- 11:00 am – 1:10 pm Central
- 10:00 am – 12:10 pm Mountain
- 9:00 am – 11:10 am Pacific
Choose a format:
Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program "live" in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for "live" CLE credit.
On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are viewable for up to one year.