The Institute for Constitutional Studies (ICS) announces its spring graduate seminar, "The People and the Judges: Constitutional Politics and Judicial Review in American History." The seminar, which will take place on six consecutive Monday evenings beginning March 3, will be led by Professor Michael Les Benedict (The Ohio State University). Class meetings will take place at the George Washington University Law School.
Most Americans think of the Supreme Court as the final interpreter of the U.S. Constitution, and for the past fifty years the Court has certainly claimed that role. But historians and political scientists have always argued that Court decisions reflect the surrounding historical and political context. Now many legal analysts are exploring how to incorporate this historical reality into jurisprudence. What has been the role of the people themselves in developing constitutional rules? To what degree are constitutional issues legal and to what degree political? What is the relationship between constitutional politics and constitutional law? We will read and critique works that draw conclusions about these questions based on American constitutional history.
Those interested in participating are strongly encouraged to contact ICS right away, as space is limited.
For further information on the seminar and on other ICS events, please visit our website: http://docs.law.gwu.edu/ics/
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