Richard Posner

New Book: <em>The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses</em>. By Richard A. Posner

New Book: The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses. By Richard A. Posner

The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses. By Richard A. Posner. Harvard University Press 2017. ISBN: 0674975774, 9780674975774. No sitting federal judge has ever written so trenchant a critique of the federal judiciary as Richard A. Posner does in this, his most confrontational book. Skewering the politicization of the Supreme Court, the mismanagement of judicial staff, the overly complex system of appeals, the threat of originalism, outdated procedures, and the backward-looking traditions of law schools and the American judicial system, Posner has written a cri de coeur and a battle cry. With the prospect that the Supreme Court will soon be…

New Book: <em>Richard Posner</em>. By William Domnarski

New Book: Richard Posner. By William Domnarski

Richard Posner. By William Domnarski. Oxford University Press 2016. ISBN: 9780199332311; 0199332312. The first biographical treatment of the enormously influential Judge Richard Posner Author has unprecedented access to Posner, as well as a wealth of relevant interview subjects and material Domnarski examines the life experience, personality, academic career, jurisprudence, and professional relationships of his subject with depth and clarity A comprehensive and accessible account of a unique judge who has dominated the way law is understood in contemporary America Judge Richard Posner is one of the great legal minds of our age, on par with such generation-defining judges as Holmes,…

New Book: <em>Divergent Paths: The Academy and the Judiciary</em>. By Richard A. Posner

New Book: Divergent Paths: The Academy and the Judiciary. By Richard A. Posner

Divergent Paths: The Academy and the Judiciary. By Richard A. Posner. Harvard University Press 2016. ISBN: 9780674286030; 0674286030. Judges and legal scholars talk past one another, if they have any conversation at all. Academics couch their criticisms of judicial decisions in theoretical terms, which leads many judges—at the risk of intellectual stagnation—to dismiss most academic discourse as opaque and divorced from reality. In Divergent Paths, Richard Posner turns his attention to this widening gap within the legal profession, reflecting on its causes and consequences and asking what can be done to close or at least narrow it. The shortcomings of…

The Complete Posner on Posner Series @ Concurring Opinions

The Complete Posner on Posner Series @ Concurring Opinions

The Posner on Posner series began on November 24, 2014 and ended with the Afterword on January 5, 2015. Below is a hyperlinked list of all the posts. Table of Contents The Maverick – A Biographical Sketch of Judge Richard Posner: Part I The Maverick – A Biographical Sketch of Judge Richard Posner: Part II, The Will to Greatness The Man Behind the Robes — A Q & A with Richard Posner The Judge & Company – Questions for Judge Posner from Judges, Law Professors & a Journalist On Legal Education & Legal Scholarship — More questions for Judge Posner…

波斯纳法官“无情杀戮”反同性恋婚姻主张

波斯纳法官“无情杀戮”反同性恋婚姻主张

Above the Law 的报道 “Judge Posner’s Blistering Benchslaps At The Same-Sex Marriage Arguments”: As we mentioned in Morning Docket and on Twitter, yesterday’s Seventh Circuit arguments weren’t fun for the defenders of Wisconsin and Indiana’s same-sex marriage bans. The three judges, especially Judge Richard Posner, were tough — very tough. Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed, a leading chronicler of marriage-equality litigation, described the proceedings as “the most lopsided arguments over marriage bans at a federal appeals court this year.” Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress called it “a bloodbath.” That’s no exaggeration. Let’s check out the specifics…. A Seventh Circuit panel consisting of…

Richard A. Posner, <em>Economic Analysis of Law</em>, 9th Edition.

Richard A. Posner, Economic Analysis of Law, 9th Edition.

Richard A. Posner, Economic Analysis of Law, 9th Edition. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2014. ISBN: 9781454833888. Lucid, comprehensive, and definitive in its field, this text covers every aspect of economic analysis of the law. Features: Two new chapters, one on intellectual property, one on international and comparative law, both exploding fields of great importance. Earlier editions’ questions have been converted to answers, making the book more accessible and informative. Revised to be clearer and less technical. More eclectic, reflecting recent criticisms of “rational choice” theory, in particular the need to supplement it with insights from psychology. Greater attention paid…

New Book: <em>Reflections on Judging</em>. By Richard A. Posner

New Book: Reflections on Judging. By Richard A. Posner

Reflections on Judging. By Richard A. Posner. Harvard University Press 2013. ISBN: 0674725085, 9780674725089 购买本书@亚马逊 In Reflections on Judging, Richard Posner distills the experience of his thirty-one years as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Surveying how the judiciary has changed since his 1981 appointment, he engages the issues at stake today, suggesting how lawyers should argue cases and judges decide them, how trials can be improved, and, most urgently, how to cope with the dizzying pace of technological advance that makes litigation ever more challenging to judges and lawyers. For Posner, legal…

理查德·波斯纳:《并非自杀契约:国家紧急状态时期的宪法》

理查德·波斯纳:《并非自杀契约:国家紧急状态时期的宪法》

理查德·波斯纳文集 ★ 新书讯 理查德·波斯纳:《并非自杀契约:国家紧急状态时期的宪法》(Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency),苏力译,北京大学出版社2009年。@豆瓣@小组 购买本书:亚马逊中国;当当网。 “9·11”之后,美国采取了一系列国家安全措施:监听公民的电话、联邦调查局查阅图书馆的借阅记录、建立军事法庭审理包括美国公民在内的嫌疑恐怖分子,等等;所有这些都大大挤压了长期和平时期美国宪法保证的、民众已习惯的公民自由。由此提出了一个关键性两难,在一个恐怖主义对公民自由和安全的威胁增大的时代,能否以及如何平衡宪法保护的个人自由利益和公共安全利益的冲突?法院、国会和行政部门的角色又应当是什么?美国著名法官、法学家波斯纳在本书论辩说,在严重恐怖威胁和大规模杀伤性手段急剧扩散的时期,适度压缩公民的宪法性自由因其必要而是正确的。恐怖主义活动的特殊性决定了国家必须采取针对性措施,不给恐怖疑犯与普通疑犯同等的宪法性权利;宪法必须保持其流动性和可变性,回应当前重大事件所产生的压力;在安全紧急时期法院和法律的回应有重大局限性,必须允许政府以某些未获法律授权的行为来保护国家安全和个人自由。 公民宪法权利必须在燃眉的情境中作实用主义调整,美国宪法从来不曾,也不应是一份为法条紧捆的自杀契约。 除了恐怖分子,我们还有其他敌人。但正因为恐怖威胁的特点是特别狠毒,才要求有回应措施来检验我们对公民自由的执着,也使自由与安全的宪法平衡成为一个急迫问题。时光流走,“9·11”袭击的影响正在隐退,遗忘和自满正成为生活的常态。我们更安全了吗,或我们只是感觉更安全了? ……思考宪法权利的恰当方式是天平这个隐喻。……由于各自利益的砝码改变,这个天平需要并接受不时的调整。我们越感到安全,我们就会给个人自由加上更多砝码;我们越感到危险,我们就会给安全加上更多的砝码……但这都是些细节。最精华的要点在于,法律必须以某种方式调整适应因紧急状态而发生的这种困窘。 ——理查德·波斯纳

苏力:《波斯纳文丛》总译序

苏力:《波斯纳文丛》总译序

这套译丛是一个很长过程的积淀。 我从1993年开始翻译波斯纳的著作,这就是1994年出版的《法理学问题》。此后多年也读了他的不少著作,但是这位作者的写作速度实在是太快了,范围实在是太广了,因此至今没有或没有能力读完他的全部著作。但是自96年起,鉴于中国的法学理论研究的视野狭窄和普遍缺乏对社会科学的了解,缺乏人文学科深度,也鉴于希望中国的法官了解外国法官的专业素养和学术素养,我一直想编一部两卷本的《波斯纳文选》。在这种想法指导下,同时也为了精读,我陆陆续续选译了波斯纳法官的少量论文和许多著作中的一些章节,包括《超越法律》、《性与理性》、《法律与文学》、《司法的经济学》等著作。到1998年时,已经译了80万字左右。也联系了版权,但最终没有落实,乃至未能修改最后定稿。初稿就在计算机的硬盘上蛰伏了很久。 1998年,我感到自己《法理学问题》的译文问题不少,除了一些令自己难堪的错失之外,最大的问题是由于翻译时刚回国,中文表达比较生疏,加之基于当时的一种奇怪观点,希望保持英文文法,因此译文太欧化,一定令读者很头痛。我为此深感内疚,并决定重译该书,到 99年上半年完成了译稿。 99年10月,我到哈佛作访问学者,更系统地阅读了一些波斯纳的著作;并同样仅仅是为了精读,我翻译了他当年的新著《法律与道德理论的疑问》。此后,由于美国法律文丛项目的启动,中国政法大学出版社又约我翻译波斯纳的《超越法律》全书,我也答应了。诸多因素的汇合,使我决心把这一系列零零碎碎的翻译变成一个大的翻译项目。 2000年5月,在耶鲁大学法学院葛维堡教授和欧文·费斯教授的大力安排下,我从堪布里奇飞到了芝加哥,同波斯纳法官会了面,其间也谈到了我的打算和决定。临别时,波斯纳法官同意了我的请求。 2000 年8月回国之后,就开始了一系列工作。中国政法大学出版社社长李传敢、编辑张越、赵瑞红等给予了积极并且是很大的支持。会同出版社一起,我进行了很麻烦的版权联系和交易。而与此同时,我自己也忙里偷闲,特别是利用寒暑假,进行翻译,并组织翻译。因此,才有了目前的这一套丛书,完成了多年来的一个心愿。

理查德·波斯纳:《国家大事》

理查德·波斯纳:《国家大事》

理查德·波斯纳:《国家大事》: Richard A. Posner, An Affair of State: The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton. (1999) New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice for Best Book of the Year, 1999. Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist, 2000. President Bill Clinton’s year of crisis, which began when his affair with Monica Lewinsky hit the front pages in January 1998, engendered a host of important questions of criminal and constitutional law, public and private morality, and political and cultural conflict. In a book written while the events of the year were unfolding, Richard Posner presents a balanced and scholarly understanding of…