Lectures

Ryerson Lecture with Geoffrey Stone: "Sexing the Constitution: Getting to Gay Marriage?"

Date: 
04.22.2015
Location: 
Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.

As the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to deliberate on same-sex marriage later this month, Prof. Geoffrey R. Stone, the 2015 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecturer, will devote his talk to this contentious social and legal issue that could mark one of the high court’s most important rulings this year.

Faculty: 
Geoffrey R. Stone

András L. Pap: Hate Crime in Eastern Europe: Theoretical Dilemmas and Practical Challenges

Date: 
04.14.2015
Location: 
Room IV
Contact info (email or phone): 

citro@uchicago.edu

Prosecution of racially motivated hate crimes against the Roma in Eastern Europe—the region’s largest ethnic minority—is systematically hindered. Yet, members of the Roma community have themselves been charged with hate crimes, resulting from violent conflicts with the majority population and racist hate groups.

Faculty: 
Brian Citro

William Baude, "Is Originalism Our Law?"

At her confirmation hearing, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said that "we are all originalists." Is that true, and what would it mean for it to be true? In Is Originalism Our Law?, I argue that there is an important sense in which Justice Kagan was right.

Participating faculty: 
William Baude

William Baude, "Is Originalism Our Law?"

At her confirmation hearing, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said that "we are all originalists." Is that true, and what would it mean for it to be true?

Martha Minow, "Forgiveness, Law and Justice"

Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School,with comments by Martha Nussbaum, Aziz Huq, and Michael Schill.

Participating faculty: 
Martha Nussbaum
Participating faculty: 
Aziz Huq

Martha Minow, "Forgiveness, Law and Justice"

Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, with comments by Martha Nussbaum, Aziz Huq, and Michael Schill.

Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, with comments by Martha Nussbaum, Aziz Huq, and Michael Schill.

Chicago's Best Ideas: Alison LaCroix, "The Shadow Powers of Article I"

Date: 
01.28.2015

The Supreme Court's federalism battleground has recently shifted from the Commerce Clause to two textually marginal but substantively important domains: the Necessary and Proper Clause and, to a lesser extent, the General Welfare Clause.  For nearly a decade, these quieter, more structurally ambiguous federal powers – the “shadow powers” – have steadily increased in prominence.

Faculty: 
Alison LaCroix

Richard Posner, Empirical Legal Studies Conference keynote

Richard A. Posner, Senior Lecturer in Law and a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, devoted a lunchtime keynote to discussing how judges might receive and view empirical research.

Participating faculty: 
Richard A. Posner

Richard Posner, Empirical Legal Studies Conference keynote

Richard A. Posner, Senior Lecturer in Law and a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, devoted a lunchtime keynote to discussing how judges might receive and view empirical research.

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