The essays in Law's Mistakes explore the things that law recognizes as errors and the way it responds to them. They identify the jurisprudential and political perspectives that underlie different understandings of what is or is not a legal mistake, and examine the fraught, contested, and evolving relationship between law and error. And they offer templates for thinking about what mistakes can tell us about the aspirations and limits of law, and for understanding how our imagining of law is enabled and shaped by its juxtaposition to a condition labeled mistake.
In addition to the volume editors, contributors include Paul Schiff Berman, Sonali Chakravarti, Jody L. Medeira, Stewart Motha, Kunal Parker, and Jordan Steiker.
"The very question of what constitutes a legal error, as opposed to poor judgment or unjust law, lies at the crux of Law's Mistakes, which brings together an impressive range of scholarly perspectives. Rather than consigning errors to the realm of rare exceptions, the contributors to this volume insist that mistakes need to be engaged as part of the very fabric of law."—Ravit Reichman, author of The Affective Life of Law: Legal Modernism and the Literary Imagination