Public Law

The Public Law Colloquium is part of a thriving public law program at Northwestern University Pritzker 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 with our students in the Public Law Colloquium Series, organized by Professor James Pfander.

The colloquium will explore a wide range of topics and methodologies, featuring both the theory and practice of constitutional interpretation 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 2017

Organized by Professor James Pfander

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


September 18
Eric Posner, Kirkland and Ellis Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Presidential Obstruction of Justice

October 2
Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
Presidential Administration Under Trump

October 16
Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, University of Chicago Law School
How Constitutional Democracy is Lost (and Saved)

October 30
Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown Law
The Letter and The Spirit:  A Unified Theory of Originalism

November 13
Jessica Bulman-Pozen, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Our Regionalism

November 27
Jennifer Mascott, Assistant Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
Who are “Officers of the United States”?