Authority, Ignorance, and the Guilty Mind

By Stephen P. Garvey

The criminal law holds an actor liable only if he acts with a guilty mind (mens rea). But in what does a guilty mind consist?

Stephen P. Garvey Professor of Law
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Contact Information

Cornell Law School
324 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-8589
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Carolyn Headlam
Cornell Law School
315 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Professional Biography

Stephen Garvey has written and taught in the areas of capital punishment, criminal law, and the philosophy of criminal law. Following his graduation from Yale Law School, Professor Garvey clerked for the Hon. Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then practiced in the Washington, D.C. firm of Covington & Burling. He joined the Cornell Law School Faculty in 1994.

Professor Garvey’s current scholarship focuses on substantive criminal law.


B.A., Colgate, 1987
M.Phil., Oxford, 1989
J.D., Yale, 1992