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Forward, Kimberly Wehle May 2020

Forward, Kimberly Wehle

Legislation and Policy Brief

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Manufactured Emergencies, Robert Tsai Jan 2019

Manufactured Emergencies, Robert Tsai

Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals

Emergencies are presumed to be unusual affairs, but the United States has been in one state of emergency or another for the last forty years. That is a problem. The erosion of democratic norms has led to not simply the collapse of the traditional conceptual boundary between ordinary rule and emergency governance, but also the emergence of an even graver problem: the manufactured crisis. In an age characterized by extreme partisanship, institutional gridlock, and technological manipulation of information, it has become exceedingly easy and far more tempting for a President to invoke extraordinary power by ginning up exigencies. To reduce ...


Considerations Of History And Purpose In Constitutional Borrowing, Robert Tsai Jan 2019

Considerations Of History And Purpose In Constitutional Borrowing, Robert Tsai

Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals

This essay is part of a symposium issue dedicated to "Constitutional Rights: Intersections, Synergies, and Conflicts" at William and Mary School of Law. I make four points. First, perfect harmony among rights might not always be normatively desirable. In fact, in some instances, such as when First Amendment and Second Amendment rights clash, we might wish to have expressive rights consistently trump gun rights. Second, we can't resolve clashes between rights in the abstract but instead must consult history in a broadly relevant rather than a narrowly "originalist" fashion. When we do so, we learn that armed expression and ...


At Long Last Marriage, Jack B. Harrison Jan 2015

At Long Last Marriage, Jack B. Harrison

American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law

Over time, the Supreme Court has made clear its belief that marriage is one of the most significant and fundamental rights provided protection under the Constitution. In his opinion in Griswold v. Connecticut, Justice Douglas characterized marriage as a “coming together for better or for worse, hopefully enduring, and intimate to the [point] of being sacred[,]” describing it as “an association that promotes a way of life . . . a harmony in living . . . [and] a bilateral loyalty.” The Court in Griswold clearly found that marriage was deserving of protection not solely because it was the locus for procreation and the rearing of ...


A Tradition At War With Itself: A Reply To Professor Rana's Review Of America's Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions Of Power And Community, Robert Tsai Jan 2015

A Tradition At War With Itself: A Reply To Professor Rana's Review Of America's Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions Of Power And Community, Robert Tsai

Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals

This essay responds to Professor Aziz Rana's review essay, "The Many American Constitutions," 93 Texas Law Review 1193 (2015).

He contends: (1) my portrayal of American constitutionalism might contain a “hidden” teleological understanding of the development of constitutional law; (2) my notion of "conventional sovereignty" sometimes seems content-free and at other times "interlinked with liberal egalitarianism"; and (3) a focus on failed constitutions "inadvertently tends to compartmentalize the overall tradition."

I answer in the following ways: (1) I reject any sense that constitutional law has moved in an arc of steady progress toward Enlightenment and instead embrace a tradition ...


Acta’S Constitutional Problem: The Treaty Is Not A Treaty, Sean Flynn Jan 2011

Acta’S Constitutional Problem: The Treaty Is Not A Treaty, Sean Flynn

Joint PIJIP/TLS Research Paper Series

The planned entry of the U.S. into the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) poses a unique Constitutional problem. The problem is that the President lacks constitutional authority to bind the U.S. to the agreement without congressional consent; but that lack of authority may not prevent the U.S. from being bound to the agreement under international law. If the administration succeeds in its plan, ACTA may be a binding international treaty (under international law) that is not a treaty (under U.S. Constitutional law).


Aryans, Gender, And American Politics, Robert Tsai Jan 2011

Aryans, Gender, And American Politics, Robert Tsai

Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals

This short essay discusses some of the ways in which the Aryan movement in America activates gendered beliefs for the goal of legal, political, and cultural transformation. In recent years, the community has moved from common law theories of white sovereignty to more robust forms of racial constitutionalism. The piece is drawn from "America's Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community"


John Brown's Constitution, Robert L. Tsai Jan 2010

John Brown's Constitution, Robert L. Tsai

Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals

It will surprise many Americans to learn that before John Brown and his men briefly captured Harper’s Ferry, they authored and ratified a Provisional Constitution. This deliberative act built upon the achievements of the group to establish a Free Kansas, during which time Brown penned an analogue to the Declaration of Independence. These acts of writing, coupled with Brown’s trial tactics after his arrest, cast doubts on claims that the man was a lunatic or on a suicide mission. Instead, they suggest that John Brown aimed to be a radical statesman, one who turned to extreme tactics but ...


Brief Of Eleven Law Professors And Aarp As Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondent, Bilski V. Kappos, 130 S. Ct. 3218 (2010) (No. 08-964), Joshua Sarnoff, Lori Andrews, Andrew Chin, Ralph Clifford, Christine Farley, Sean Flynn, Debra Greenfield, Peter Jaszi, Charles Mcmanis, Lateef Mtima, Malla Pollack Oct 2009

Brief Of Eleven Law Professors And Aarp As Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondent, Bilski V. Kappos, 130 S. Ct. 3218 (2010) (No. 08-964), Joshua Sarnoff, Lori Andrews, Andrew Chin, Ralph Clifford, Christine Farley, Sean Flynn, Debra Greenfield, Peter Jaszi, Charles Mcmanis, Lateef Mtima, Malla Pollack

Amicus Briefs

This is the brief filed by Joshua Sarnoff and Barbara Jones on behalf of various law professors and AARP in the Bilski v. Kappos case, discussing constitutional limits to the Patent power.


Constitutional Borrowing, Robert L. Tsai Jan 2009

Constitutional Borrowing, Robert L. Tsai

Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals

Borrowing from one domain to promote ideas in another domain is a staple of constitutional decisionmaking. Precedents, arguments, concepts, tropes, and heuristics all can be carried across doctrinal boundaries for purposes of persuasion. Yet the practice itself remains underanalyzed. This Article seeks to bring greater theoretical attention to the matter. It defines what constitutional borrowing is and what it is not, presents a typology that describes its common forms, undertakes a principled defense of borrowing, and identifies some of the risks involved. The authors' examples draw particular attention to places where legal mechanisms and ideas migrate between fields of law ...


Say Cheese! Examining The Constitutionality Of Photostops, Molly Bruder Aug 2008

Say Cheese! Examining The Constitutionality Of Photostops, Molly Bruder

American University Law Review

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Transcript: Left Out In The Cold? The Chilling Of Speech, Association, And The Press In Post-9/11 America , American University Law Review Jun 2008

Transcript: Left Out In The Cold? The Chilling Of Speech, Association, And The Press In Post-9/11 America , American University Law Review

American University Law Review

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Reconsidering Gobitis: An Exercise In Presidential Leadership, Robert Tsai Jan 2008

Reconsidering Gobitis: An Exercise In Presidential Leadership, Robert Tsai

Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals

In June of 1940, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Minersville School District v. Gobitis that the First Amendment posed no barrier to the punishment of two school age Jehovah's Witnesses who refused to pay homage to the American flag. Three years later, the Justices reversed themselves in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette. This sudden change has prompted a host of explanations. Some observers have stressed changes in judicial personnel in the intervening years; others have pointed to the wax and wane of general anxieties over the war; still others have emphasized the sympathy-inspiring acts of ...


A Proposal To Rescue New York Times V. Sullivan By Promoting A Responsible Press, Benjamin Barron Jan 2007

A Proposal To Rescue New York Times V. Sullivan By Promoting A Responsible Press, Benjamin Barron

American University Law Review

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Do Constitutions Requiring Adherence To Shari'a Threaten Human Rights? How Egypt's Constitutional Court Reconciles Islamic Law With The Liberal Rule Of Law, Clark B. Lombardi, Nathan J. Brown Jan 2006

Do Constitutions Requiring Adherence To Shari'a Threaten Human Rights? How Egypt's Constitutional Court Reconciles Islamic Law With The Liberal Rule Of Law, Clark B. Lombardi, Nathan J. Brown

American University International Law Review

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Democracy's Handmaid, Robert L. Tsai Jan 2006

Democracy's Handmaid, Robert L. Tsai

Articles in Law Reviews & Other Academic Journals

Democratic theory presupposes open channels of dialogue, but focuses almost exclusively on matters of institutional design writ large. The philosophy of language explicates linguistic infrastructure, but often avoids exploring the political significance of its findings. In this Article, Tsai draws from the two disciplines to reach new insights about the democracy enhancing qualities of popular constitutional language. Employing examples from the founding era, the struggle for black civil rights, the religious awakening of the last two decades, and the search for gay equality, he presents a model of constitutional dialogue that emphasizes common modalities and mobilized vernacular. According to this ...


The Historical Amendability Of The American Constitution: Speculations On An Empirical Problematic, Darren R. Latham Oct 2005

The Historical Amendability Of The American Constitution: Speculations On An Empirical Problematic, Darren R. Latham

American University Law Review

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The Constitution At The Threshold Of Life And Death: A Suggested Approach To Accommodate An Interest In Life And A Right To Die, Michael P. Allen Jan 2004

The Constitution At The Threshold Of Life And Death: A Suggested Approach To Accommodate An Interest In Life And A Right To Die, Michael P. Allen

American University Law Review

In the past fifteen years, the United States Supreme Court has decided three cases in which it tentatively began to explore what the United States Constitution has to say about issues that are popularly described as the "right to die." In this article, I suggest that the current state of constitutional analysis does not provide for an effective mechanism for securing an individual's "right to die," at least not without undervaluing a state's interest in the preservation of human life should a state choose to take such a position. In the article, I suggest that it is possible ...


Transcript: What Makes The District An Anomaly? , American University Law Review Feb 1999

Transcript: What Makes The District An Anomaly? , American University Law Review

American University Law Review

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Transcript: Must Congress End The Disenfranchisement Of The District Of Columbia? A Constitutional Debate , American University Law Review Feb 1999

Transcript: Must Congress End The Disenfranchisement Of The District Of Columbia? A Constitutional Debate , American University Law Review

American University Law Review

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Transcript: The Nature Of The American Constitution: Is There A Constitutional Right To Vote And Be Represented? , American University Law Review Feb 1999

Transcript: The Nature Of The American Constitution: Is There A Constitutional Right To Vote And Be Represented? , American University Law Review

American University Law Review

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Transcript: Keynote Address , American University Law Review Feb 1999

Transcript: Keynote Address , American University Law Review

American University Law Review

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Regulatory Takings And Original Intent: The Direct, Physical Takings Thesis "Goes Too Far", Andrew S. Gold Jan 1999

Regulatory Takings And Original Intent: The Direct, Physical Takings Thesis "Goes Too Far", Andrew S. Gold

American University Law Review

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From George Carlin To Matt Drudge: The Constitutional Implications Of Bringing The Paparazzi To America , Lyle Denniston Jun 1998

From George Carlin To Matt Drudge: The Constitutional Implications Of Bringing The Paparazzi To America , Lyle Denniston

American University Law Review

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Renov. Aclu: Insulating The Internet, The First Amendment, And The Marketplaceof Ideas , Stephen C. Jacques Aug 1997

Renov. Aclu: Insulating The Internet, The First Amendment, And The Marketplaceof Ideas , Stephen C. Jacques

American University Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Authority Of A Foreign Talisman: A Study Of U.S. Constitutional Practiceas Authority In Nineteenth Century Argentina And The Argentine Elite's Leap Of Faith , Jonathan M. Miller Jun 1997

The Authority Of A Foreign Talisman: A Study Of U.S. Constitutional Practiceas Authority In Nineteenth Century Argentina And The Argentine Elite's Leap Of Faith , Jonathan M. Miller

American University Law Review

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Montanav. Egelhoff: Voluntary Intoxication, Morality, And The Constitution , Robert J. Mcmanus Apr 1997

Montanav. Egelhoff: Voluntary Intoxication, Morality, And The Constitution , Robert J. Mcmanus

American University Law Review

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Mandatory Hiv Screening Of Newborns: A Proposition Whose Time Has Not Yet Come , Suzanne M. Malloy Apr 1996

Mandatory Hiv Screening Of Newborns: A Proposition Whose Time Has Not Yet Come , Suzanne M. Malloy

American University Law Review

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The Damaging Consequences Of The Rehnquist Court's Commitment To Color-Blindness Versus Racial Justice , Frank R. Parker Feb 1996

The Damaging Consequences Of The Rehnquist Court's Commitment To Color-Blindness Versus Racial Justice , Frank R. Parker

American University Law Review

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The Arts: A Traditional Sphere Of Free Expression? First Amendment Implications Of Government Funding To The Arts In The Aftermath Of Rust V. Sullivan , Thomas P. Leff Dec 1995

The Arts: A Traditional Sphere Of Free Expression? First Amendment Implications Of Government Funding To The Arts In The Aftermath Of Rust V. Sullivan , Thomas P. Leff

American University Law Review

No abstract provided.