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FIJA Speakers


Nathan Goodman

PhD Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Nathan Goodman is a PhD student in the Department of Economics at George Mason University and a PhD Fellow at the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center.  Previously, he was a summer fellow at the Fully Informed Jury Association.

His research focuses on institutions, defense and peace economics, public choice, criminal justice, and self-governance. He is particularly interested in how alternative institutional arrangements shape the production of security. Nathan's research has been published in the Journal of Institutional Economics, the Journal of Private Enterprise, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy

Select Presentations

  • Defending Your Rights: Juries As Defense
    When people think about defense and security, they often think about the use of force by soldiers, police, and security guards. In this presentation, Nathan discusses how jurors help provide an underappreciated form of security, defending us from criminals and government alike. 
  • How Overcriminalization Undermines Jury Rights
    The right to trial by jury is enshrined in the US Constitution. Too often, however, defendants are sent to prison without a jury trial. In this talk, Nathan explains how overcriminalization and charge stacking have undermined the right to trial by jury.
  • Jury Nullification and the Peace Movement
    In this talk, Nathan tells the story of the Camden 28, and how conscientious jurors helped protect this group of Vietnam War era peace activists from zealous prosecutors and FBI dirty tricks.
  • Juries as Citizen Coproduction
    Criminal justice is not just something for professional police, prosecutors, and judges to create for us. In this talk, Nathan discusses how citizen jurors co-produce justice, including through the use of jury nullification.


Location: Washington, D.C.
Available to travel: nationwide
Online presentations: yes

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