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Vining, Joseph

Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law Emeritus

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Joseph Vining, Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law Emeritus, practiced in Washington, D.C., and has served with the Department of Justice and with the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. In 1983 he was a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and in 1997 he was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Vining has lectured and written in the fields of legal philosophy, administrative law, corporate law, comparative law, animal law, and criminal law, and he is the author of Legal Identity, on the nature of the person recognized and constituted by law; The Authoritative and the Authoritarian, on the nature of the person speaking for law and the relation between institutional structure and the real presence of authority; From Newton’s Sleep, on the legal form of thought and its general implications; and The Song Sparrow and the Child: Claims of Science and Humanity, on the place of law and the human individual in the modern scientific enterprise. Professor Vining is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School and holds a degree in history from Cambridge University.

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Meaning in the Natural World. Univ. of Michigan Public Law & Legal Theory Research Paper Series, no. 326; Univ. of Michigan Law & Economic Research Paper Series, no. 13-006. Working Paper, 2013.
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The Effect of Economic Integration with China on the Future of American Corporate Law. Univ. of Michigan Law & Economics, Empirical Legal Studies Center Working Paper Series, no. 10-012; Univ. of Michigan Law School, Public Law & Legal Theory Working Paper Series, no. 192. Working Paper.
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China, Business Law, and Finance -- Accession to the World Trade Organization. Univ. of Michigan Law School, Public Law & Legal Theory Working Paper Series, no. 123; Univ. of Michigan Law School, The John M. Olin Center for Law and Economics Working Paper Series, no. 90. Working Paper.
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"Dignity as Perception: Recognition of the Human Individual and the Individual Animal in Legal Thought." In Understanding Human Dignity, edited by C. McCrudden. Proceedings of the British Academy, 192. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Eric Stein." Mich J. Int'l L. 33, no. 1 (2011): 21-2.
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"The Filaments of the Vicarious." Vill. L. Rev. 55, no. 6 (2010): 1089-106.
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"The Consequence of Human Differences." J. L. Phil. & Culture 5, no. 1 (2010): 21-42.
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"The Resilience of Law." In Law and Democracy in the Empire of Force, edited by H.J. Powell and J.B. White, 151-71. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Univ. of Michigan Press, 2009.
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Wrote the op-ed, "Preventing Cruelty on the Farm: Criminal Penalties for Agribusiness," The New York Times Online, May 10, 2011.

Served as an appellate moot court judge at the 2010 National Animal Law Competitions at Harvard Law School, February 2010.

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