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Paul H. Robinson

Colin S. Diver Professor of Law

Paul Robinson

Paul Robinson is one of the world’s leading criminal law scholars. A prolific writer and lecturer, Robinson has published articles in virtually all of the top law reviews, lectured in 95 cities in 32 states and 25 countries, and had his writings appear in 13 languages. Continue reading…

Expertise

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law Theory
  • Criminal Code Reform
  • Criminal Sentencing
  • Global Human Rights

Books

THE STRUCTURE AND LIMITS OF CRIMINAL LAW (Paul H. Robinson ed., Ashgate 2014).
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INTUITIONS OF JUSTICE AND THE UTILITY OF DESERT (Oxford University Press, 2013).
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CRIMINAL LAW (2d ed. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2012) (with Michael T. Cahill) (1st ed. Aspen 1997).
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CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS (editor, with Steve Garvey & Kim Ferzan) (Oxford 2009)
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FINAL REPORT OF THE PENNSYLVANIA CRIMINAL CODE GRADING STUDY (December 2009) (with University of Pennsylvania Law School's Criminal Law Research Group).

DISTRIBUTIVE PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL LAW: WHO SHOULD BE PUNISHED HOW MUCH? (Oxford 2008), also appearing in Spanish and Chinese.
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FINAL REPORT OF THE MALDIVES PENAL LAW & SENTENCING CODIFICATION PROJECT (Republic of Maldives 2006) (two volumes) (with University of Pennsylvania Law School's Criminal Law Research Group).

LAW WITHOUT JUSTICE: WHY CRIMINAL LAW DOESN’T GIVE PEOPLE WHAT THEY DESERVE (with Michael Cahill) (Oxford Univ. Press 2005).
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FINAL REPORT OF THE ILLINOIS CRIMINAL CODE REWRITE AND REFORM COMMISSION (State of Illinois 2003) (two volumes) (with staff).

Articles and Book Chapters

The Proper Role of the Community in Determining Criminal Liability and Punishment, in POPULAR PUNISHMENT: ON THE NORMATIVE SIGNIFICANCE OF PUBLIC OPINION (Jesper Ryberg and Julian A. Roberts eds., Oxford University Press 2014).

Empirical Desert, Individual Prevention, and Limiting Retributivism: A Reply, 17 NEW CRIM. L. REV. 312 (2014) (with Joshua Samuel Barton & Matthew J. Lister).

The Effect of Mental Illness Under U.S. Criminal Law, 65 NORTHERN IRELAND L. Q. 229 (2014).

Murder Mitigation in the Fifty-Two American Jurisdictions: A Case Study in Doctrinal Interrelation Analysis 47 TEX. TECH L. REV. 19 (2014).

Natural Law and Lawlessness: Modern Lessons from Pirates, Lepers, Eskimos, and Survivors, 2013 U. ILL. L. REV. 433.

Extralegal Punishment Factors: A Study of Forgiveness, Hardship, Good-Deeds, Apology, Remorse, and Other Such Discretionary Factors in Assessing Criminal Punishment, 65 VAND. L. REV. 737 (2012).

Four Distinctions that Glanville Williams Did Not Make: The Practical Benefits of Examining the Interrelation Among Criminal Law Doctrines, in THE SANCTITY OF LIFE AND THE CRIMINAL LAW: THE LEGACY OF GLANVILLE WILLIAMS (Dennis Baker ed., Cambridge University Press 2013).
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Perceptions of Fairness and Justice: The Shared Aims and Occasional Conflicts of Legitimacy and Moral Credibility, 47 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 212 (2012).

Are We Responsible for Who We Are? The Challenges for Criminal Law Theory in the Defenses of Coercive Indoctrination and "Rotten Social Background," 2 ALA. C.R. & C.L. L. REV. 53 (2012).

Advantaging Aggressors: Justice & Deterrence in International Law, 3 HARV. NAT'L SECURITY J. 143 (2011) (with Adil Ahmad Haque).

Realism, Punishment & Reform, 77 U. CHI. L. REV. 1611 (2010) (with Robert Kurzban, Penn Psych, and Owen Jones, Vanderbilt Law).

Competing Conceptions of Modern Desert: Vengeful, Deontological, and Empirical, 67 CAMBRIDGE L.J. 145 (2008).

Intuitions of Justice: Implications for Criminal Law and Justice Policy, 81 S. CAL. L. REV. 1 (2007) (with John Darley).

The Origins of Shared Intuitions of Justice (with Robert Kurzban and Owen Jones), 60 VAND. L. REV. 1633 (2007).

Codifying Shari'a: International Norms, Legality & the Freedom to Invent New Forms, 2 J. COMP. L. (British) 1 (2007) (with 11 present and former students in my Criminal Law Research Group, regarding our work in drafting an Islamic Penal Code for the Maldives under U.N.D.P. sponsorship).

More publications can be found here.

Working Papers

The Rise and Fall and Resurrection of American Criminal Codes (November 11, 2014). U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-38. (forthcoming)
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The American Criminal Code: General Defenses (Oct. 20, 2014). U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-28 (with Matthew Kussmaul, Camber Stoddard, Ilya Rudyak, and Andreas Kuersten) (forthcoming)
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The Moral Vigilante and Her Cousins in the Shadows (August 4, 2014). U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-29. (forthcoming)
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Justice: 1850s San Francisco and the California Gold Rush (March 20, 2014), in PIRATES, PRISONERS, AND LEPERS: LESSONS FROM LIFE OUTSIDE THE LAW (Potomac Books, forthcoming 2015); U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-14 (with Sarah M. Robinson). (forthcoming 2015)
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Punishment: Drop City and the Utopian Communes, in PIRATES, PRISONERS, AND LEPERS: LESSONS FROM LIFE OUTSIDE THE LAW (Potomac Books, forthcoming 2015); U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-13 (with Sarah M. Robinson). (forthcoming 2015)
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The Model Penal Code's Conceptual Error on the Nature of Proximate Cause, and How to Fix It (January 14, 2014), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 14-3 (forthcoming)
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The Moral Vigilante and Her Cousins in the Shadows (November 22, 2013), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-29. (forthcoming)
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Comments on [Israeli] Proposal for Structuring Judicial Discretion in Sentencing, HUKIM – Israeli Journal on Legislation.

Research Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Sentencing
  • Punishment

Positions

Penn Law - Colin S. Diver Professor of Law (2003- )

Northwestern - Edna & Ednyfed Williams Professor (1998-2002); Professor (1993-98); Visiting Professor (1992-93)

Georgetown - Adjunct Professor (1986-88)

University of Michigan - Visiting Professor (1998-99)

Rutgers - Acting Dean (1989-90); Distinguished Professor (1985-93); Professor (1980-85); Assistant Professor (1977-80)

Professional Activities

Director, University of Pennsylvania Law School Criminal Law Research Group.

Director, Maldivian Penal Code Reform Project.

Director, Illinois Criminal Code Rewrite & Reform Commission.

Director, Kentucky Penal Code Revision Project.

Co-Editor, SSRN Legal Scholarship Network (1996-present)

Courses

  • Criminal Law
  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law Theory Seminar
  • Punishment Theory Seminar
  • Criminal Law Codification
  • Penn Criminal Law Research Group

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