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Not Isolating Isolation: Whippings, Solitary Confinement, Prisoner Disenfranchisement, and the Bounding of Licit Punishment

Empty Cell

Thursday, November 03, 2016
5:00 p.m.
Barat House, Boston College Law School

With Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School


about the speaker


Judith Resnik

Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches about federalism, procedure, courts, prisons, equality, citizenship, feminism, and local and global interventions to diminish inequalities and subordination. She currently chairs the Law School’s Global Constitutionalism Seminar and is the editor of its yearly books. Her other books include Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms (with Dennis Curtis, 2011), and Migrations and Mobilities: Citizenship, Borders, and Gender (co-edited with Seyla Benhabib, 2009). She co-edited (with Linda Greenhouse) the Daedalus volume The Invention of Courts, published in 2014. Recent articles and book chapters include “Within Its Jurisdiction”: Moving Boundaries, People, and the Law of Migration (Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 2016); Diffusing Disputes: The Public in the Private of Arbitration, the Private in Courts, and the Erasure of Rights (Yale Law Journal, 2015); Federalism(s)’s Forms and Norms: Contesting Rights, De-Essentializing Jurisdictional Divides, and Temporizing Accommodations (Nomos LV: Federalism and Subsidiarity, 2014); and Globalization(s), privatization(s), constitutionalization and statization: Icons and experiences of sovereignty in the 21 st century (11 International Journal of Constitutional Law (I∙CON), 2013).

Professor Resnik is the founding director of the Arthur Liman Program, supporting fellowships for law graduates and summer fellowships at several colleges, and sponsoring classes and colloquia on the civil and criminal justice systems. In 2015, the Liman Program joined with the Association of State Correctional Administrators in co-authoring Time-in- Cell: The Liman-ASCA 2014 National Survey of Administrative Segregation in Prison, providing data on the 80,000-100,000 people in isolation in U.S. prisons in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, Professor Resnik was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, travelling to various liberal arts colleges in the United States. In 2015, she was a visiting professor at Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II, and she also holds a term appointment as an Honorary Professor, Faculty of Laws, University College London.

In 1998, Professor Resnik was the recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the Commission on Women of the American Bar Association. In 2001, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2002, a member of the American Philosophical Society, where she delivered the Henry LaBarre Jayne Lecture in 2005. In 2008, Professor Resnik received the Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. In 2010, she was named a recipient of the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Prize, awarded to outstanding faculty in higher education in the fields of psychology or law. That year, Professor Resnik also had a cameo role in the Doug Liman film, Fair Game. In 2013, Professor Resnik was given the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, the highest honor presented by the National Association of Women Lawyers. Her book, Representing Justice, has won several awards, including the 2014 Order of the Coif Award for its outstanding contribution to legal scholarship.