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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 17 books and articles in virtually all of the top law reviews, lectured in more than 100 cities in 34 states and 27 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

CRIMES THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD: TRAGEDY, OUTRAGE, AND REFORM (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) (with Sarah M. Robinson).
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MAPPING AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW: VARIATIONS ACROSS THE FIFTY STATES (Praeger 2018) (with Tyler Scot Williams).
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SHADOW VIGILANTES: HOW DISTRUST IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM BREEDS A NEW KIND OF LAWLESSNESS (Prometheus Books 2018) (with Sarah M. Robinson).
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REPORT OF THE DELAWARE CRIMINAL LAW RECODIFICATION PROJECT (with Matthew Kussmaul, Ilya Rudyak, and the University of Pennsylvania Criminal Law Research Group) (2 volumes, 2017)

PIRATES, PRISONERS, AND LEPERS: LESSONS FROM LIFE OUTSIDE THE LAW (Potomac Books 2015) (with Sarah M. Robinson).
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CRIMINAL LAW CASE STUDIES (5th ed. West 2015).

INTUITIONS OF JUSTICE AND THE UTILITY OF DESERT (Oxford University Press, 2013).
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THE STRUCTURE AND LIMITS OF CRIMINAL LAW (Paul H. Robinson ed., Ashgate 2014).
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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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Articles and Book Chapters

A Brief Summary and Critique of Criminal Liability Rules for Intoxicated Conduct, 82 J. CRIM. L. 381 (2018).

Strict Liability's Criminogenic Effect, 12 CRIM. L. & PHIL. 411 (2018).

Democratizing Criminal Law: Feasibility, Utility, and the Challenge of Social Change, 111 NW. U. L. REV. 1565 (2017).

Draft Report of the Somali Criminal Law Recodification Initiative (March 10, 2017), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-13 (with University of Pennsylvania Law School's Criminal Law Research Group).

The Legal Limits of “Yes Means Yes”, CHRON. HIGHER EDUC., Jan. 15, 2016, at A21.

The Model Penal Code's Conceptual Error on the Nature of Proximate Cause, and How to Fix It, 51 CRIM. L. BULL. 1311 (2015).

The American Criminal Code: General Defenses, 7 J. LEGAL ANALYSIS 37 (2015) (with Matthew Kussmaul, Camber Stoddard, Ilya Rudyak, and Andreas Kuersten).

The Moral Vigilante and Her Cousins in the Shadows, 2015 U. ILL. L. REV. 401.

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).

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).

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Working Papers

A General Mitigation for Disturbance-Driven Crimes?: Psychic State, Personal Choice, and Normative Inquiries (October 19, 2018). U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 18-29. (forthcoming)
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TRAGEDY, OUTRAGE & REFORM: Crimes That Changed Our World: 1963 – Birmingham Church Bombing – Civil Rights (August 14, 2017), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-33; in Paul H. Robinson & Sarah M. Robinson, TRAGEDY, OUTRAGE & REFORM: CRIMES THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD (forthcoming 2018) (with Sarah M. Robinson). (forthcoming)
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TRAGEDY, OUTRAGE & REFORM: Crimes That Changed Our World: 1983 – Thurman Beating - Domestic Violence (August 14, 2017), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-34; in Paul H. Robinson & Sarah M. Robinson, TRAGEDY, OUTRAGE & REFORM: CRIMES THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD (forthcoming 2018) (with Sarah M. Robinson). (forthcoming)
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Trigger Crimes & Social Progress: The Tragedy-Outrage-Reform Dynamic in America (August 11, 2017), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 17-12; in Paul H. Robinson and Sarah M. Robinson, TRAGEDY, OUTRAGE, & REFORM: CRIMES THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD (forthcoming 2018) (forthcoming)
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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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