"Justifying the Jury" ( Thursday, March 15, 2018, 3 – 4:30pm
"Justifying the Jury" (
Campus Location:Kerr Hall
Room:693
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Cost:Free
Event Type:Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:Melissa Schwartzberg, New York University
Sponsored by:Department of Political Science, Sinopoli Annual Lecture

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?

Melissa Schwartzberg, the 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.

An expert on the history of ideas about democracy, Schwartzberg wrote Democracy and Legal Change and the award-winning Counting the Many: The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule.

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