Professor Paul Marcus Lectures in Australia and New Zealand on a Comparison of Common Law Nations’ Criminal Justice Systems

by Faye Shealy

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This spring Professor Paul Marcus has been giving talks and engaging in public debates before university audiences, gatherings of judges and lawyers, and meetings of law students in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand. This fall, Professor Marcus will also be traveling to Ontario, Canada, for another debate.

“Comparing our criminal justice system to those in other common law nations teaches me, and our students, so very much about who we are and what our goals are as a society,” says Professor Marcus.  The topics for these lectures and debates are usually something like “Why Australia [or New Zealand or Canada or England] and the United States share common values, but have very different criminal justice systems.” Professor Marcus’s lectures discuss some of the key differences between the two systems, looking especially at rules of exclusion, the jury function, entrapment, and sentencing.

Countries in which Professor Marcus has lectured or taught include Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Professor Marcus is invited to lecture around the world and is a wonderful ambassador for William & Mary Law School. Thankfully, he belongs to us, and William & Mary students will be in his classroom for criminal law this fall. Let the admission office know if you wish to join them for a class visit!

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A lighter moment during Professor Marcus’s debate with Justice Weinberg at a judicial luncheon in Melbourne. Professor Marcus is in the center with Justice Weinberg at his right.

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Professor Marcus speaking at the Distinguished Speakers Series at the University of Sydney on March 6th.

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Professor Marcus with fellow lecturers after a vigorous debate before students, professors, judges, and barristers in Auckland, New Zealand.