Fall 2014
    Law No.: LAW9154
    Sched. No.: 114821442

Money And Rights*
Section 1
Hellman, Deborah

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):W, 1540-1740 (WB127)
Capacity:18 **This information is current as of 05/29/2015 06:15:08 AM**
Current Enrollment:16 **This information is current as of 05/29/2015 06:15:08 AM**

Course Description:

This seminar will explore the relationship between money and rights. We will begin with an examination of the bifurcation in constitutional law, according to which economic liberties may be regulated with little judicial oversight while restrictions on personal liberties are subject to more exacting review. Why treat economic freedoms differently from other sorts of liberties? This introduction will lead into an examination of the connection between money and rights, roughly grouped in two categories: money and the body politic and money and the human body. The first category will include such topics as campaign finance law, bribery and corruption, and payments in connection with various forms of civic participation like voting, jury service and, arguably, military service. The second category – money and the human body -- will look at monetary exchanges for sex, blood and organs, surrogate pregnancy and participation in medical research. The overarching questions we will consider include: whether economic rights are meaningfully different from personal rights; whether personal rights should be understood to depend on a right to spend money to effectuate them and whether restrictions on the private use or voluntary transfer of certain goods or services are justifiably treated differently from restrictions on their sale. In approaching these questions we will explore some philosophical theories of distributive justice and also consider the meaning of concepts such as coercion, exploitation and corruption. Grades will be based on five short (1000 words each) papers, to be chosen by the student from twelve weekly assignments (no assignment offered for week 1) and on class participation.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Five 1000 word papers and class participation