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Waiving Jury Deliberation: The Humility Argument

Quand : Retour au calendrier 26 avril 2016 @ 12:15 - 13:45
Où : Salle 309
2910 Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit
Montréal,QC H3T 1J7
Canada
Axes :
Éthique et politique
Chercheurs : Andrei Poama

Dans le cadre des midis de l’éthique du CRÉ, Andreï Poama nous offrira une présentation intitulée « Waiving Jury Delibaration: The Humility Argument ».

Abstract:

This paper argues that, given the current pervasive disagreement (and uncertainty) about the reliability of jury deliberation, we should adopt an attitude of epistemic humility toward it. I further argue that such an attitude should be expressed and enforced by turning jury deliberation from a mandatory rule of the jury trial to a waivable right of the defendant. I consider two possible objections to my argument: the first one concerns the putative selfdefeatingness of an attitude of (epistemic) humility; the second objection examines the burdensomeness of granting an unconditional jury deliberation waiver to the defendant. Both objections, I conclude, can be rejected.