Public Law Colloquium

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.

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.

Spring 2021

Organized by Professor Zachary Clopton

All sessions will take place Tuesdays from (2-3:50pm) on Zoom

January 26
Karen Tani, Seaman Family University Professor, University of Pennsylvania
From Disability Rights to Disempowered Rights-Givers: The Lost Disability History of the “New Federalism” (by request)

February 9
Miriam Seifter, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
Countermajoritarian Legislatures - Appendix (by request)

February 23
Christian Burset, Associate Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
An Empire of Laws: Legal Pluralism in the Eighteenth-Century British Empire (by request)

March 9
Timothy Lovelace, John Hope Franklin Research Scholar and Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
Is Foreign Interference So American? (by request)

March 23
Jennifer Nou, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Regulatory Diffusion (coauthored with Julian Nyarko) (by request)



Spring 2019

Organized by Professor Andrew Koppelman

All sessions take place on Mondays from 4:00pm - 5:50pm in the Faculty Commons.

February 4
Thomas C. Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Religious Liberty in a Polarized Age

February 18
Aziz Z. Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Article II and Antidiscrimination Norms

March 18
David E. Bernstein, George Mason University Foundation Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School
Race Definitions in American Law

April 15
Joseph R. Fishkin, Marrs McLean Professor in Law, University of Texas at Austin
The Anti-Oligarchy Constitution



Spring 2018

Organized by Professors John McGinnis and James Pfander

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

January 29
Neal Devins, Sandra Day O'Connor Professor of Law, William & Mary
The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court

February 12
Fred Smith, Associate Professor of Law, Emory Law
Abstention in the Time of Ferguson

February 26
Abbe Gluck, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy, Yale Law School
What is Federalism in Health Care For?

March 12
Honorable Amy Barrett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Congressional Insiders and Outsiders

April 2
William Ewald, University of Pennsylvania Law School
The Archival Problem in Constitutional History