Public Law

The Public Law Colloquium is part of a thriving public law program at Northwestern University School of Law. Activities include scholarly conferences and speakers at faculty workshops; colloquia on positive political theory, international and comparative law, and constitutional law; and senior research projects aimed broadly at public law topics of all sorts. In an effort to expand the depth and quality of legal research in public law, Northwestern Law has invited leading scholars from across the country to participate in the Public Law Colloquium Series, which was organized by Professors John McGinnis and James Pfander.

The colloquium will explore a wide range of topics and methodologies, featuring both the theory and practice of constitutional and statutory interpretation; comparative, international, and domestic law; and issues arising from the administrative state. Students and faculty will meet with visiting scholars to exchange views and comment on working papers. Presenters will receive valuable feedback and suggestions for how to expand or improve their research, and Northwestern Law students will gain a broader understanding of public law, legal theory, and the latest developments in scholarly research.

Fall 2014

Organized by Professors John McGinnis and James Pfander

All sessions take place on Tuesdays from 4:00pm - 5:50pm in Rubloff 339.

September 16
Jason Mazzone, Lynn H. Murray Faculty Scholar in Law, University of Illinois
Federalism as Docket Control

September 30
Jennifer Nou, Professor of Law, The University of Chicago Law School
Regulatory Textualism

October 14
Kathryn Watts, Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
Rulemaking as Legislating

October 28
Nicholas Parrillo, Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Federal Agencies in Contempt of Court:  A Preliminary Inquiry

November 11
Stephen Sachs, Associate Professor of Law, Duke Law School
Originalism as a Theory of Legal Change

November 18
Steve Vladeck, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Military Courts and Article III