"The U.S. Constitution and Comparative Constitutional Law": A Conference on a New Casebook

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Rubloff Rm 339 | 375 East Chicago Avenue | Chicago IL, 60611

Conference Schedule (pdf)

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Symposium Origin

This symposium is devoted to reading and critiquing a major new casebook entitled "The U.S. Constitution and Comparative Constitutional Law" by Professors Steven Gow Calabresi, Bradley G. Silverman, and Joshua Braver with a foreword by Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

The casebook was published by Foundation Press in March 2016 and is available for use in law school or political science courses starting this coming Fall. A Teachers’ Manual and Supplement will be made available.  The casebook compares and contrasts the constitutional law of the fifteen of the G-20 Nations, which are constitutional democracies:  the U.S.; the United Kingdom; France; Germany; Japan; Italy; India; Canada; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; South Africa; Indonesia; Mexico; and the European Union.  The book has twelve Chapters on the following subjects:  1) Constitutionalism and Amendment Procedures; 2) the origins and growth of judicial review; 3) the separation of powers; 4) federalism; 5) comparative substantive due process cases; 6) equal protection of the laws; 7) freedom of expression; 8) freedom of religion; 9) comparative civil, criminal, and appellate procedure; 10) property rights and other economic liberties; 11) entitlements to positive state action and the state action doctrine; and 12) constitutional protections for democracy.  Each Chapter discusses the law of all of the G-15 constitutional democracies.  

Cases are excerpted in every single Chapter from all of these countries except for South Korea and Indonesia. We believe this is the most comprehensive, non-Eurocentric casebook yet written on Comparative Constitutional Law in the modern era.

The symposium will consist of twelve 30-minute panels on each Chapter of the casebook with two faculty members on each panel. Panelists will comment for seven minutes on the Chapter they are responsible for with the remaining 16 minutes devoted to Q and A by the panelists or by members of the audience. Moderators will strictly police these time limits so that the conference will start at 9:00 am and finish at 5:15 pm with two fifteen minute breaks and an hour and forty-five minutes for lunch.