Law, Foreign Norms and Social Order (Or, How I Survived A Naples Soccer Celebration)

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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4 Responses

  1. Ann Bartow says:

    Hey Dave, hope you are having fun! Thanks to Temple I was in Rome last year when Italy won the World Cup. Basically the entire city shut down and paraded around as you describe for two days afterwards. I carried an Italian flag on my backpack and never had a moment’s trouble :>)

  2. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    In keeping with a law blogging norm (i.e., take advantage of an opportunity to promote your work): I wrote an *introductory* piece (i.e., those working in this area probably will not learn anything from it) on law and social norms that can be found here:

  3. Roger Alford says:

    Apropos of your post, the Vatican has just released the “Ten Commandments for Driving” (details here):

    1. You shall not kill.

    2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.

    3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.

    4. Be charitable and help your neighbour in need, especially victims of accidents.

    5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.

    6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.

    7. Support the families of accident victims.

    8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.

    9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.

    10. Feel responsible toward others.

  4. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    Given how often these Commandments are broken, here or abroad, let’s hope violation of most of them amounts only to a venial, and not grave (mortal) sin, or else not a few folks will be subject to eternal damnation.