Penn Law professor Mitchell Berman has been named a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University for the 2017–2018 academic year.
The University Center for Human Values supports ongoing inquiry into important ethical issues in public and private life, as well as teaching, research, and discussion of ethics and human values. Berman will spend the academic year at Princeton developing and refining a pluralistic and “non-originalist” account of American constitutional law.
“This is a fitting award for Professor Berman,” said Ted Ruger, Dean of Penn Law and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. “His research deepens our understanding of the fundamental principles of our constitutional system and the important ethical questions that system raises.”
“I am tremendously grateful for this opportunity to advance my research at the University Center for Human Values,” said Berman. “One of the things I most appreciate about Penn is its deep commitment to robustly interdisciplinary inquiry. The Center shares that commitment, and I know that my work will benefit greatly from the wealth of intellectual resources that it offers.”
Berman is the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law at the Law School, as well as Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at Wharton. He also serves as co-director for the Institute of Law & Philosophy. His scholarly work examines American constitutional law, constitutional theory, philosophy of criminal law, general jurisprudence, and philosophy of sport.
In addition to the project in American constitutional law that he will be working on at Princeton, Berman is developing a retributivist justification for criminal punishment that aspires to be both plausible and morally attractive. He is also working on a textbook that aims to introduce students to legal concepts and problematics through a study of rules and practices in sport, building off a course he has taught at the Law School titled “The Jurisprudence of Sport.”