Faculty Podcast

Cass R. Sunstein and "Simpler: The Future of Government"

As Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for three years under the Obama administration, Cass R. Sunstein oversaw a far-reaching restructuring of America's regulatory state.


53:03 minutes (48.58 MB)

Rashida Manjoo, "Violence Against Women Around the World: Trends, Challenges, and Solutions"

Based on media reports, it appears that sexual violence against women is increasing around the world, particularly in India and Egypt. Are the rates increasing or just the reporting of the crimes?  Governments and advocates around the world have been working on eradicating gender-based violence, including domestic violence and violence in prisons, for decades.


60:13 minutes (55.14 MB)

Panel Discussion, "Women in Prison: Causes, Conditions, and Consequences Around the World"

There has been an increase in the rate of women’s imprisonment in many countries around the world.  Yet many countries fail to adequately address the unique issues raised when women are deprived of their liberty.  The panelists will discuss the causes of the increase in rates of imprisonment, including the global war on drugs and drug use.  They will also address the conditions o


95:59 minutes (87.89 MB)

David Armitage, "Civil War: A Genealogy"

Civil war is like pornography--we think know it when we see it. Yet ideas of civil war have a long and contested history with multiple meanings and contested applications. This lecture offers a critical history of conceptions of civil war, with special attention to its legal definition since the nineteenth century.


79:34 minutes (72.85 MB)

Tom Ginsburg, "An International Court for Constitutional Law"

Constitutions are quintessentially national documents, expressing the fundamental values of a sovereign people. They are traditionally interpreted and enforced by local constitutional courts.


59:04 minutes (54.08 MB)

"Restoring Justice: The Legacy of Edward Levi"

When President Gerald Ford nominated Edward Levi to be the Attorney General, Levi took over an office that had been marred by the corruption of the Watergate scandal. Levi's efforts to bring transparency, independence and integrity back to the Justice Department restored public confidence at a pivotal stage in U.S. history.


83:16 minutes (76.23 MB)

Aziz Huq, "What Good is Article V?: A Defense of Our Rigid and Inflexible Constitution"

The Constitution’s amendment rule in Article V renders the text inflexible, countermajoritarian, and insensitive to important contemporary constituencies. Comparative empirical studies show that textual rigidity is not only rare in other countries’ organic documents but highly correlated with constitutional failure.


59:34 minutes (54.53 MB)

Todd Henderson, "The Law & Economics of Self-Regulation"

Todd Henderson is Professor of Law and Aaron Director Teaching Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. This talk was recorded on May 3, 2013, at the annual Loop Luncheon held in conjuction with Reunion.


65:28 minutes (59.95 MB)

Richard Epstein, "A History of Public Utility Regulation in the Supreme Court"

Rate regulation today is often conceived of as an exotic topic of interest only to a select group of pointy-headed specialists. But the truth is quite the opposite.  The history of rate regulation raises some of the most fundamental challenges to the organization of a free society.


60:07 minutes (55.04 MB)

Justice Albie Sachs, "Same Sex Marriage Decision in South Africa"

Justice Albie Sachs of the Constitutional Court of South Africa discussed the Fourie case, gay rights, and the same-sex marriage decision in South Africa. This lecture was recorded on April 9, 2013.


68:30 minutes (62.72 MB)
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