Paul H. Robinson
Colin S. Diver Professor of Law
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 more than 100 cities in 34 states and 27 countries, and had his writings appear in 15 languages.
CRIMES THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD: TRAGEDY, OUTRAGE, AND REFORM (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) (with Sarah M. Robinson).
MAPPING AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW: VARIATIONS ACROSS THE FIFTY STATES (Praeger 2018) (with Tyler Scot Williams).
SHADOW VIGILANTES: HOW DISTRUST IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM BREEDS A NEW KIND OF LAWLESSNESS (Prometheus Books 2018) (with Sarah M. Robinson).
PIRATES, PRISONERS, AND LEPERS: LESSONS FROM LIFE OUTSIDE THE LAW (Potomac Books 2015) (with Sarah M. Robinson).
CRIMINAL LAW CASE STUDIES (5th ed. West 2015).
INTUITIONS OF JUSTICE AND THE UTILITY OF DESERT (Oxford University Press, 2013).
CRIMINAL LAW (2d ed. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2012) (with Michael T. Cahill) (1st ed. Aspen 1997).
CRIMINAL LAW CONVERSATIONS (editor, with Steve Garvey & Kim Ferzan) (Oxford 2009)
DISTRIBUTIVE PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL LAW: WHO SHOULD BE PUNISHED HOW
MUCH? (Oxford 2008), also appearing in Spanish and Chinese.
LAW WITHOUT JUSTICE: WHY CRIMINAL LAW DOESN’T GIVE PEOPLE WHAT THEY DESERVE
(with Michael Cahill) (Oxford Univ. Press 2005).
Articles and Book Chapters
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).
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.
Indoctrination and Social Influence as a Defense to Crime: Are We Responsible for Who We Are? (May 12, 2020), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-09 (with Lindsay Holcomb). (forthcoming)
A Truce in the Criminal Law Distributive Principle Wars? (February 7, 2020). U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-04. (forthcoming)
How Criminal Code Drafting Form Can Restrain Prosecutorial and Legislative Excesses: Consolidated Offense Drafting (February 6, 2020), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-01 (with Matthew Kussmaul & Muhammad Sarahne). (forthcoming)
After the Crime: Rewarding Offenders’ Positive Post-Offense Conduct (August 6, 2019). U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 19-30 (with Muhammad Sarahne). (forthcoming)
The Opposite of Punishment: Imagining a Path to Public Redemption (June 13, 2019). U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 19-27. (with Muhammad Sarahne). (forthcoming)
Codifying a Sharia-based Criminal Law in Developing Muslim Countries (April 1, 2019). U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 19-15. (forthcoming)
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)
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Justice
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)
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)
- Criminal Law
- Advanced Criminal Law
- Criminal Law Theory Seminar
- Punishment Theory Seminar
- Criminal Law Codification
- Penn Criminal Law Research Group