Bessie Jones Day Symposium:
Modern Issues Involving the Law of Self-Defense
November 5, 2005
- A group of eminent scholars examined the modern law of self-defense in a symposium sponsored by George Mason University School of Law in Arlington.
The symposium was entitled “Bessie Jones Day Symposium – Modern Issues Involving the Law of Self-Defense” and took place in classroom 221 of Hazel Hall (the law school building). Presentation of papers began at 8:45 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The program featured presenters who are recognized scholars from the United States and Great Britain.
|8:45 a.m.||Is There A Federal Constitutional Right of Self-Defense?
Presenter: Professor Nicholas J. Johnson
Fordham University School of Law
|10:15 a.m.||English vs. American Law and Attitudes Toward Self-Defense
Presenter: Professor Peter Squires
University of Brighton, England
|11:15 a.m.||From a Philosopher’s Perspective, Does the Human Right of Self-Defense Imply a Reason to Possess Arms?
Presenter: Professor Lance Stell
Davidson College and Carolinas Medical Center
|1:30 p.m.||Is There an International Law Human Right to Self-Defense or is the Right to Self-Defense a Mere Privilege Which Any State is Free to Dispense With? (Debate Papers)
Presenters: Don B. Kates, JD
and Professor John P. Cerone
|2:15 p.m.||Status of Controversial Issues in the American Law of Self-Defense
Presenter: Professor Renée Lerner
George Washington University Law School
|3:15 p.m.||The Doctrines: a)That Police Have No Duty to Protect Individuals; but b)That Businesses or Landlords Sometimes Do Have Such a Duty – Can They Be Reconciled?
Presenter: Professor Robert Weisberg
Stanford Law School
|4:00 p.m.||Gender Self-Defense Issues Including Genocide and International Violence Situations
Presenter: Professor Mary Stange
Additional participants include Dr. Abigail Kohn, author; Professor William Van Alstyne, College of William & Mary Marshall Wythe School of Law; Dean and Professor of Law Daniel P. Polsby, George Mason University School of Law; Professor Paul Robinson, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Professor Robert F. Turner, University of Virginia School of Law; Professor James B. Jacobs, New York University School of Law; Professor Timothy D. Lytton, Albany Law School; Professor Julie Mair, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.