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Distinguished Philosopher Antony Duff Joins Law School Faculty

FEBRUARY 17, 2010—The University of Minnesota Law School is pleased to announce that Antony Duff, the world's most distinguished theorist in criminal law and punishment, will join the faculty as a tenured professor beginning in the fall semester 2010.

Duff's work in criminal law theory is widely recognized as having catalyzed renewed interest in the subject. His major works—Intention, Agency, and Criminal Liability (Blackwell, 1990); Criminal Attempts (Oxford, 1996); and Answering for Crime: Responsibility and Liability in the Criminal Law (Hart 2009)—have made him unquestionably the most influential living authority in the field.

He is also the preeminent modern scholar in punishment theory and philosophy. Several of his books are landmarks and have changed the way people think, most notably Trials and Punishments (Cambridge 1986) and Punishment, Communication, and Community (Oxford 2001).

"I am extremely pleased that Antony has accepted our offer to join the Law School faculty this fall," says Dean David Wippman. "He is one of the world's most important philosophers of criminal law, and he joins, and strengthens, a criminal law faculty that many say is the most distinguished in the nation. The addition of his energy, visibility, and creativity promise to make the University of Minnesota Law School a world leader in criminal law and many related subjects."

Duff presented the Law School's annual Dewey Lecture on the Philosophy of Law in September 2009, entitled "In Search of a Theory of Criminal Law?" In his talk, he laid out a new and fundamental framework for understanding criminal law.

Duff will come to Minnesota from the Department of Philosophy, University of Stirling, Scotland. In Britain, he recently organized and led a three-year interdisciplinary project that examined the nature, function, and normative underpinnings of the criminal trial. The project was funded by the United Kingdom's Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and produced the three-volume The Trial on Trial (Hart 2004, 2006, 2007). The AHRC has also funded a four-year follow-up project on criminalization that began in 2008.

Duff is founding co-editor of the journal Criminal Law and Philosophy and of the Oxford University Press book series Studies in Penal Theory and Philosophy. He is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and he chairs the philosophy sub-panel of the Research Assessment Exercise of the Higher Education Funding Councils that fund British universities.

Duff will augment an already strong criminal law faculty. Among his Law School colleagues: Michael Tonry, former director of the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University, founder of the Institute on Crime and Public Policy, and co-founder of Crime and Justice; Kevin Reitz, a specialist in criminal justice policy and Reporter for the American Law Institute's Model Penal Code; Barry Feld ('69), one of the country's leading authorities in the juvenile justice system and recipient of the ABA Criminal Justice Section's Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award; Richard Frase, a leading authority on American sentencing law and policy, comparative criminal procedure, and the philosophy of punishment; and Susanna Blumenthal, one of the nations' preeminent historians of 19th century criminal law theory and doctrine.

Faculty and program expansion is backed by the Robina Foundation, which provided a $6.1 million grant to support the Law School's new Program on Law, Public Policy, and Society. The Program is committed to innovative public policy research, transformation of the curriculum and teaching mission, and training that generates visionary problem-solving skills.

 
 
 
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Professor Antony Duff