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RO-10587-70

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Christopher Stone (Project Director: 07/01/1970 to present)

Toward a Humanistic Conception of Law in Society

Project seeks to reassess the role of the courts, particularly Supreme Court, by shifting attention from the relatively narrow juridical and procedural elements in the administration of justice to a broader view of the courts as social agents. ABSTRACT: This project seeks to reassess the role of the courts, particularly the Supreme Court, by shifting our attention from the relatively narrow juridical and procedural elements in the administration of justice to broader view of the courts as social agents interacting with individuals and groups in a time of shifting values. PI feels that as presently constituted the courts, seeking always clear solutions to immediate problems, are prevented from considering and dealing with wider social and psychological elements which might, if truly considered, add greatly to the soundness of judicial decision; current difficulties in dealing with drug abuse and pornography are adduced as cases in point. Additionally PI proposes to establish a model of court procedure which might enable courts to deal with these problems. Study could produce important contributions to jurisprudence at a time of serious social conflict and of breakdown of traditional attitudes toward all manner of authority. PI has had considerable practical experience as a lawyer as well as some years of academic experience. Funds for salary, researchers' wages, materials, supplies.

Project fields:
Jurisprudence

Program:
Basic Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$9,904 (approved)
$9,904 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1970 – 9/30/1971