The symposium will survey academic topics about how death, and fear of death, affects the law of the living. The Walking Dead Colloquium will provide a forum to discuss the “shadowy” legal interpolation of the dead on the living and explore both its positive and negative ramifications in an effort to strike a pluralistic balance between the law of past, present, and future. Thematic examples include:
- Legal recognition of the dead’s wishes affecting real property and intellectual property
- Regulation of pandemics from yellow fever to Ebola
- Constitutional analysis relying upon views of the dead—the Framers—versus a “living” Constitution
- The death penalty
- Desecration laws
- The Right to Die Movement
- Posthumous evidentiary privileges
- Wrongful death and rights of survivorship
- Regulation of corpses, organ donation, and burials
- Stigma harms to real property inhabited by ghosts
- Post-apocalyptic justice.
Abstracts no longer than 500 words are due by August 1, 2015.