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Sinopoli Lecture: Justifying the Jury

Although history provides many arguments in favor of juries, one justification must be paramount: the jury's ability to produce just verdicts. Why should we have any confidence in the jury's reliability? This talk by Melissa Schwartzberg, Silver Professor of Politics at New York University, will examine the egalitarian commitments that underlie our beliefs about the justice of jury verdicts, and how these commitments, and their challenges, shape how we justify democracy more generally.

Mar 15, 2018
from 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Kerr Hall Room 693

Melissa Schwartzberg’s primary research interests are in the historical origins and normative logic of democratic institutions, with a particular focus on ancient Greek institutions. She is the author of Democracy and Legal Change (Cambridge, 2007) and Counting the Many: The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule (Cambridge, 2014), for which she won the David and Elaine Spitz Prize for the best book in liberal and/or democratic theory, and of many journal articles analyzing the history of ideas about democracy. Her current research focuses on the link between jury eligibility and suffrage, and on the moral limits of bargaining. 

About the Sinopoli Lecture: 

This annual lecture, in memory of Richard C. Sinopoli, is given by a scholar who has made a distinguished contribution to the study of political philosophy.