Rosenthal Lecture Scholar to Discuss the Legacies of the Global War on Terror

September 16, 2011

Kim Lane Scheppele, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and director of the Program of Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Julius Rosenthal Foundation Lecture Series September 12-14, 2011. 

In her series of lectures titled "The International State of Emergency: Legacies of the Global War on Terror," Scheppele will explore the effects that the post-9/11 global fight against terrorism has had on constitutionalism and democracy. The lecture series aims to explain how the successful coordination in fighting terrorism and the use of post-9/11 emergency powers has led to a lack of commitment to constitutionalism and democracy. 

Scheppele's first lecture examines the creation of global security law and shows how the web of legal control woven into global security law mimics the old legal forms of empire. In the second day of her lecture, she uses historic states of emergency to show how emergencies work in practice and in compliance to establishing security law at home. The last lecture answers the question, ‘Now that the panic over 9/11 has subsided, what has happened to the anti-terrorism policies installed after 9/11?’

All lectures are free and open to the public and will take place in Room 150 at noon in the Arthur Rubloff Building at Northwestern Law, 375 East Chicago Avenue.

Since 9/11, Scheppele has studied terrorism in domestic, comparative, and international law and has published many articles on the subject in law reviews, social science journals, and popular venues. Before working on issues related to terrorism, she spent much of the 1990s living in Eastern Europe, particularly Russia and Hungary, studying the constitutional transitions of these states and working with the Constitutional Courts in the region. Prior to dedicating her research to terrorism, Scheppele studied the transition of countries from police states to constitutional rule-of-law states. Post-9/11, she studies the process in reverse. Her book based on the Rosenthal Lectures, The International State of Emergency, will be published by Harvard University Press in 2012.

The Julius Rosenthal Foundation Lecture Series was established in 1919 in memory of Julius Rosenthal (1827-1905), an eminent and beloved member of the Chicago Bar. One of the principal programs supported by the foundation is the Rosenthal Lecture Series, which has assumed a preeminent position among distinguished lecture programs in the legal world. Publication of the lectures has made a notable contribution to legal literature and scholarship for more than 70 years.