Distinguished Professor of Law and Nathan L. Jacobs Scholar
Stuart Green
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Stuart Green’s work seeks to explore the underlying moral content of the criminal law. He is especially concerned with the question of criminalization – what kinds of behavior are justifiably punished, and why. His books and articles have focused in particular on the moral limits of theft, white collar crime, and a wide range of sexual offenses.

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Professor Green received a B.A. in philosophy from Tufts University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a notes editor of the Yale Law Journal. After law school, he clerked for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles and then served as an associate with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Green taught at the Louisiana State University Law School. 

Green’s books – which have been translated, in whole or in part, into Spanish, Italian, Russian, Turkish, and Korean – include the award-winning Lying, Cheating, and Stealing: A Moral Theory of White Collar Crime (OUP, 2006); Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age (HUP, 2012); and Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law (co-edited with Antony Duff) (OUP, 2011). His latest book, titled Criminalizing Sex: A Unified Liberal Theory, will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2020. 

The recipient of fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Green has served as a visiting professor or visiting fellow at the Universities of Glasgow, Melbourne, Michigan, Oxford, and Tel Aviv, the Australian National University, and the London School of Economics.

Professor Green is a founding co-editor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, a former consultant to the Law Commission for England and Wales, and a frequent media commentator on issues in criminal law and ethics. 



Criminalizing Sex: A Unified Liberal Theory (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2020)

Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age (Harvard University Press, 2012)

Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law (co-edited with R.A. Duff) (Oxford University Press, 2011; paperback edition, 2013)

Lying, Cheating, and Stealing: A Moral Theory of White Collar Crime (Oxford University Press, 2006; paperback edition, 2007)

Defining Crimes: Essays on the Special Part of the Criminal Law (co-edited with R.A. Duff) (Oxford University Press, 2005)

Book Chapters and Articles

“The Legal Enforcement of Integrity,” forthcoming in Christian B. Miller and Ryan West (eds.), Integrity, Honesty, and Truth-Seeking (Oxford University Press)

"To See and Be Seen: Reconstructing the Law of Voyeurism and Exhibitionism," 54 American Criminal Law Review 203 (2018)

“Lying and the Law,” in Jörg Meibauer (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Lying (Oxford University Press, 2018)

“Tax Evasion as Crime,” in Monica Bhandari (ed.), Philosophical Foundations of Tax Law (Oxford University Press, 2017)

"What Counts as Prostitution?", 4 Bergen Journal of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 65 (2016)

“The Conceptual Utility of Malum Prohibitum,” 55 Dialogue: the Canadian Philosophical Review 33 (2016)

"What are the Sexual Offences?,” in Chad Flanders and Zach Hoskins (eds.), The New Philosophy of Crimina Law (Rowman Littlefield, 2015)

“Lies, Rape, and Statutory Rape,” in Austin Sarat (ed.), Law and Lies: Deception and Truth-Telling in the American Legal System (Cambridge University Press, 2015) 

“Offenses Against Property,” in Markus Dubber and Tatjana Hörnle (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law (Oxford University Press, 2014)

“Official Bribery and Commercial Bribery: Should They Be Distinguished?,” in Jeremy Horder and Peter Alldridge (eds.), Modern Bribery Law: Comparative Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

“Vice Crimes and Preventive Justice,” 8 Criminal Law and Philosophy (2013)

Foreword to New England Law Review symposium on Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle (2013)

Prefacio a la edicion en Castellano, Mentir, hacer trampas y apropiarse de lo ajeno (Marcel Pons Publishers, 2013) (preface to Spanish edition of Lying, Cheating, and Stealing: A Moral Theory of White Collar Crime)

Foreword to Symposium on Vice and the Criminal Law, 7 Criminal Law & Philosophy 3 (2013)

“Bribery,” in Lawrence M. Salinger (ed.), Encyclopedia of White-Collar and Corporate Crime (Sage Reference, 2d ed., 2013)

“When is it Wrong to Trade Stocks on the Basis of Non-Public Information? Public Views of the Morality of Insider Trading” (with Matthew Kugler), 39 Fordham Urban Law Journal 445 (2012) (symposium).

“Public Perceptions of White Collar Crime Seriousness: Bribery, Perjury, and Fraud” (with Matthew Kugler), 75 Law & Contemporary Problems 33 (2012) (symposium)

“Cheating,” “Strict Liability,” and “White Collar Crime,” in Hugh LaFollette (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2012)

“Thieving and Receiving: Overcriminalizing the Possession of Stolen Property,” 14 New Criminal Law Review 35 (2011)

"Taking it to the Streets," 89 Texas Law Review 61 (2011) (responding to Paul Robinson, Michael Cahill, and Daniel Bartels, “Competing Theories of Blackmail: An Empirical Research Critique of Criminal Law Theory”)

“Hard Times, Hard Time: Retributive Justice for Unjustly Disadvantaged Offenders,” in 2010 University of Chicago Legal Forum 21-48 (symposium), published in revised form as “Just Deserts in Unjust Societies: A Case-Specific Approach,” in Philosophical Foundations of Criminal Law, above

“Golden Rule Ethics and the Death of the Criminal Law’s Special Part,” 29 Criminal Justice Ethics 208 (2010) (reviewing Larry Alexander & Kim Ferzan, Crime and Culpability)

“Theft by Omission,” in James Chalmers, Lindsay Farmer, and Fiona Leverick (eds.), Essays in Criminal Law in Honour of Sir Gerald Gordon (Edinburgh University Press, 2010)

“Community Perceptions of Theft Seriousness: A Challenge to Model Penal Code and English Theft Act Consolidation” (with Matthew Kugler), 7 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 511 (2010)

“What is Wrong with Tax Evasion?,” 9 Houston Business and Tax Law Journal 221 (2009)

“Is There Too Much Criminal Law?,” 6 Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 737 (2009) (reviewing Douglas Husak, Overcriminalization)

“Why Do Privately-Inflicted Criminal Sanctions Matter?” and “Sharing Wrongs Between Criminal and Civil Sanctions,” in Paul H. Robinson, Stephen Garvey, and Kimberly Ferzan (eds.), Criminal Law Conversations (Oxford University Press, 2009)

"Moral Ambiguity in White Collar Criminal Law," 18 Notre Dame J. Law, Ethics, and Public Policy 501 (2004)

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