Thursday, December 30, 2004

Justices Scalia and Breyer debate foreign law in US cases

I see that several bloggers have been kind enough to link up regarding the upcoming conversation at my law school, Washington College of Law, American University, DC, with Justices Scalia and Breyer on the relevance of foreign law in US constitutional adjudication. Here is a full announcement; you can register to attend in person here.

This event is cosponsored by Washington College of Law and the US Association of Constitutional Law, the US affiliate of an international scholarly organization on comparative constitutional law - Norman Dorsen, the founding president of the US affiliate, will moderate the event.

On Thursday, Jan 13, 4-5:30 pm est, at American University law school in DC, Justices Scalia and Breyer will hold a conversation on the topic of "The Relevance of Foreign Law for American Constitutional Adjudication." You are cordially invited, if you were to find yourself in DC that day; RSVP by Jan 10 to However, the event will also be livestreamed on the web; details available beginning Jan 10 at

The topic is a hugely important one, of course - is Justice Breyer right in believing that the US constitution is simply an emanation of a broader global body of universal law and values, and hence it is appropriate to consider other sources? Or is Justice Scalia right in insisting that the US legal system owes fidelity to the US constitution alone? This is the sleeper issue for the Court over the coming decade, with immense implications for the "values" debate in the US.

For those of you who are bloggers, I would be very grateful if you might let your blog community know about this event, and even more grateful if you and others would consider liveblogging it as it livestreams.

1 comment:

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