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Justice - Lecture 26

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Lecture 26 - Rights and Emergencies

- Does a threat to the security of large numbers of people justify detention without the usual judicial procedures? Does it justify a suspension of the presumption of innocence?
- Does a threat to national independence justify such detention and suspension?
- Does it matter to your answers to the first two questions whether the people who are detained are citizens?
- Are your answers to these questions guided by utilitarian ideas? If not, what principles are guiding your judgments?

Prof. Joshua Cohen
17.01J / 24.04J Justice
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2008-12-28
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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