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UVA’s Deborah Hellman Wins the 2019 Fred Berger Memorial Prize

Friday, September 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
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UVA's Deborah Hellman Wins the 2019 Fred Berger Memorial Prize

Deborah HellmanNEWARK, Del. — Sep. 14, 2018 — The American Philosophical Association is pleased to announce that Professor Deborah Hellman (University of Virginia School of Law) has been awarded the 2019 Fred Berger Memorial Prize for her article, “A Theory of Bribery.”

The Fred Berger Memorial Prize was established by the APA in memory of Professor Fred Berger of the University of California at Davis. The prize is awarded to an outstanding published article in philosophy of law by a member of the association. Professor Hellman will be awarded $500; in addition, a symposium in her honor will be held at the 2019 APA Pacific Division meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Dr. Robert Hughes (The Wharton School), chair of the APA committee on philosophy and law, said, “This article offers a compelling discussion of a topic that has been under-explored in legal philosophy and that is of current interest. It shows that the concept of bribery is difficult to analyze, it persuasively defends an analysis of that concept, and it nicely explains what makes controversial cases controversial.”

Professor Hellman is the D. Lurton Massee Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School. Hellman’s work focuses on discrimination and equality. She is the author of When Is Discrimination Wrong? (Harvard University Press, 2008) and co-editor of The Philosophical Foundations of Discrimination Law (Oxford University Press, 2013). In addition, she writes about the constitutionality of campaign finance laws and the obligations of professional roles, especially in the context of clinical medical research. She teaches contracts, constitutional law and classes related to the theory of equal protection and the relationship between money and rights.

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