Can a crime make our world better? Crimes are the worst of humanity’s wrongs, but, oddly, they sometimes do more than anything else to improve our lives. It is often the outrageousness itself that does the work. Ordinary crimes are accepted as the background noise of our everyday existence, but some crimes make people stop and take notice — because they are so outrageous or so heart-wrenching. Robinson will address the dynamic of tragedy, outrage, and reform, illustrating how certain kinds of crimes can trigger real social progress.
Paul Robinson is one of the world’s leading criminal law scholars. A prolific writer and lecturer, Robinson has published in virtually all of the top law reviews, lectured in 27 countries, and had his writings appear in 13 languages. He served as a federal prosecutor and counsel for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Criminal Laws and Procedures. Robinson is the author or editor of 15 books, including the standard lawyer’s reference on criminal law defenses, three Oxford monographs on criminal law theory, a highly regarded criminal law treatise, and an innovative case studies course book.