Judge Jackson Reviews 'When Should Law Forgive?'

By U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson (September 24, 2019, 4:41 PM EDT) -- This article is part of an Expert Analysis series of book reviews from judges.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

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If law is the mechanism through which a just society resolves the inevitable conflicts that arise between individuals in a variety of contexts, Harvard Law School professor and former Dean Martha Minow's new book thoroughly explores one enduring means of conflict resolution that is far too often overlooked: forgiveness.

In "When Should Law Forgive?," Minow dabbles in legal theory, philosophy, history, sociology and psychology to ask insightful questions, such as "[w]hen can and should legal officials and institutions promote...

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