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Dr. Sasha Volokh on Taking Stock of Tort Law

Radio Interview: 7 November 2012

I interviewed Dr. Sasha Volokh on "Taking Stock of Tort Law" on Philosophy in Action Radio on 7 November 2012. Listen to or download the podcast below.

What is tort law? What are its basic principles? What are some of the most interesting debates in tort law? Do some torts conflict with freedom of speech? What, if any, proposals for tort reform are worthy of support? In this interview, law professor Sasha Volokh discussed the nature, value, and limitations of tort law.

Alexander "Sasha" Volokh is an assistant professor of law at Emory Law School. He was born in Kiev and emigrated from the Soviet Union with his family in 1975. He graduated from UCLA with degrees in mathematics/economics and English/world literature and from Harvard with a J.D. (law) and a Ph.D. in economics. He clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit and for Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Samuel Alito. He has also worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in D.C. and at the Reason Public Policy Institute. He teaches Torts, Administrative Law, Law and Economics, Privatization, and other courses.

Tags: Defamation, History, Law, Rights, Torts

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Subjects Discussed

The subjects discussed in this episode were:
  • What tort law is, compared with criminal, contract, and property law
  • Intentional versus accidental torts
  • Crimes and torts
  • The negligence standard versus strict liability in torts
  • Standards for torts in American history
  • Good Samaritan laws and torts: affirmative duties
  • Special cases of duties to rescue
  • Free speech and torts: defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Proposals for tort reform
  • Torts and legal precedents in property law
  • Law and philosophy

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