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Jeesoo Nam
USC Gould School of Law

Jeesoo Nam

Assistant Professor of Law and Philosophy

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Last Updated: September 16, 2022




Jeesoo Nam’s research covers the intersection between philosophy and a variety of issues in tax law, criminal law, and statutory interpretation.

Nam applies the framework of responsibility and desert to important questions of tax policy, such as the taxation of capital income, the progressivity of tax rates, and the availability of deductions for losses and expenses. In criminal law, Nam analyzes the conditions under which those who committed crimes should nevertheless be exempt from punishment, focusing on the topics of excuse and fair notice. Nam’s research in statutory interpretation concerns various issues raised by the linguistic phenomenon of vagueness. His research also considers how these three doctrinal areas interact with one another, for example, the application of the rule of lenity (a criminal canon of statutory interpretation) to the tax law.

Before joining USC, Nam served as visiting assistant professor of tax law at New York University. Nam received a JD from Yale Law School and a bachelor's with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University, where he majored in philosophy and economics. Nam has received the Felix S. Cohen Prize in legal philosophy. Nam practiced law as a tax associate in Los Angeles at Latham & Watkins.
 

Articles

  • “Just Taxation of Crime: Should the Commission of Crime Change One’s Tax Liability?” 54 Arizona State Law Review (forthcoming 2023).
  • "Lenity and the Meaning of Statutes," 96 Southern California Law Review (forthcoming 2022). 
  • "Taxing Option Luck," 11 U.C. Irvine Law Review 1067 (2021). - (www)
  • "Biomedical Enhancements as Justice," 29 Bioethics 126 (2015). - (www)

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RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

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"Legal Positivism for Legal Officials," Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.

Robin Craig
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"Tribal Water Rights and Tribal Health: The Klamath Tribes and the Navajo Nation During the COVID-19 Pandemic," St. Louis University Journal of Health Law & Policy (Forthcoming 2023).

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"Remembering the Ocean in Water Law," chapter for A Research Agenda for Water Law.