Self Defense

Why is Self-Defense Justifiable as a Legal Principle? [No. 86]

Professor Richard Epstein discusses some of the basic legal rules that govern self-defense. The Romans started with a simple intuitive system about actions that were acceptable to repel force. These principles eventually led to a more complex modern code of conduct that regulates both private individuals and public officials, such as police officers.

Professor Richard Epstein is the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Professor of Law Emeritus and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago.

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