Fall 2015
    Law No.: LAW9154
    Sched. No.: 115819946

Money and Rights*
Section 1
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Hellman, Deborah



Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):M, 1540-1740 (WB116)
Credits:3Type:Seminar
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 06/13/2016 06:14:01 AM**
Current Enrollment:16 **This information is current as of 06/13/2016 06:14:01 AM**

Course Description:

SPECIAL NOTES REGARDING SESSION DATES/TIMES/ROOM: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar will explore the relationship between money and rights. We will begin this examination of the connection between money and rights with topics related to money and the human body. For example, we will discuss contract surrogacy, sales of organs, ownership of genetic material and payment for participation in medical research, among others. Next we will look at money and the body politic. This area will include such topics as paying money in connection with immigration and military service as well as looking more deeply into the nature of bribery and corruption, among other topics. At the end of the semester, we will examine 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.


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. Each substantive topic will be paired with theoretical material exploring ideas such as commodification, exploitation, ownership, civic obligation, etc. The readings will often be philosophical in nature and the papers will require students to make and defend an argument for how each issue should be addressed.

ATTENDANCE NOTE: Attendance at the first class is required. Students absent from the first session will be dropped from the course.

Course Requirement:In addition to active class participation, students will be evaluated on five (5) 1,000 word papers (all of which will be due before the completion of the course).