Eric Posner

Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, is author of The Twilight of International Human Rights Law. Follow him on Twitter.

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March 19 2013 3:41 PMIndefinite ArticlesDear judges: Stop trying to figure out what the founders meant by every little word. You can’t, and it doesn’t matter.
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Feb. 19 2013 3:03 PMRonald Dworkin’s ErrorThe distinguished legal scholar, who died last week, gave judges too much license to draw on their own sense of morality.
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Feb. 4 2013 4:04 PMThere’s No Such Thing as an Illegal ImmigrantThe United States has a well-functioning system of guest workers, whether or not it’s enshrined in law.
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Jan. 10 2013 2:00 PMThe Danger Lurking Behind the Platinum CoinThis way lies the risk of impeachment.
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Dec. 21 2012 7:22 AMWhy the U.S. Shouldn’t Sign On to Empty Human Rights TreatiesThey’re a propaganda exercise for many of the world’s most unsavory nations.
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Nov. 27 2012 10:37 AMIs Israel or Hamas Breaking International Law in Gaza?There’s no clear answer and it doesn’t much matter for the underlying conflict.
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Nov. 9 2012 11:55 AMCitizens United Is Still Worth HatingEven though the fat-cat super PACs lost at the polls.
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Oct. 17 2012 1:56 PMThe Drones Are Coming to LibyaAlong with an unprecedented expansion of the president’s power.
Sept. 25 2012 4:10 PMThe World Doesn’t Love the First AmendmentThe vile anti-Muslim video shows that the U.S. overvalues free speech.
June 26 2012 12:04 PMThe Imperial President of ArizonaThe Supreme Court’s immigration ruling dramatically expanded executive power.
Dec. 20 2011 11:23 AMNewt and His Surprising Liberal AlliesHe’s not the only one who thinks there is a huge problem with giving the Supreme Court final say on the Constitution.
Dec. 2 2010 1:14 PMHow Not To Solve the European Debt CrisisThe new legal tools Angela Merkel is touting aren't new and won't work.
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March 3 2009 2:12 PMThe Madeira-Swilling Great Decider
July 10 2008 3:56 PMThe Imperial Presidency Lives!
July 2 2008 6:02 PMMore on Parhat
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March 5 2013 12:04 PMThe Mother of DNA DatabasesIf we really cared about protecting the innocent, we’d collect samples from everyone—not just the convicted.
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Feb. 5 2013 3:58 PMPresident Obama Can Do Anything He Wants To Fight TerrorismThat’s the lesson of the leaked drone memo.
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Jan. 22 2013 1:32 PMHow Aaron Swartz's Cause Wins in the EndThe protests against his prosecution will promote open access.
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Jan. 4 2013 5:23 PMThe President Has the Power To Raise the Debt Ceiling on His OwnAnd if Congress won’t act, he should use it.
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Dec. 11 2012 11:56 AMThe War on Terror Will Be Ever With UsEven if the Obama administration doesn’t use the phrase, and wants to declare the fight with al-Qaida over.
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Nov. 20 2012 3:35 PMDon’t Worry About the Voting Rights ActIf the Supreme Court strikes down part of it, black and Hispanic voters will be just fine.
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Oct. 26 2012 1:00 PMWhy Amnesty Should Lose at the Supreme CourtIt’s not the job of judges to stop warrantless wiretapping.
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Oct. 8 2012 3:32 AMObama’s Drone DilemmaThe killings probably aren’t legal—not that they’ll stop.
Aug. 28 2012 3:45 AMThe Lincoln LawsShould we thank the Great Emancipator for codifying the law of war—or curse him?
April 4 2012 4:26 PMNot Worth the GambleWhy it should be illegal to speculate using financial derivatives.
July 5 2011 6:17 PMLibyan Legal LimboWhy there's nothing wrong with Obama ignoring some of his own legal advisers on Libya.
Oct. 2 2009 10:15 AMDo Women Make Better Judges?Asked and answered—with data.
March 2 2009 5:55 PMThe Better, Cheaper Mortgage FixHow to renegotiate all those bad loans at no cost to the taxpayer.
July 10 2008 12:08 AMWar Powers Consultation Act
July 2 2008 4:08 PMMore Fun Logic Puzzles




Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
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