WCL Co-Hosts International Association of Law Schools Conference on Constitutional Law


WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 8, 2009 – American University Washington College of Law (WCL) is co-hosting the International Association of Law Schools (IALS) Conference on Constitutional Law with Georgetown University Law Center this weekend. WCL will host the first day of the conference Friday, Sept. 11, and Georgetown will host on Saturday. More than 100 constitutional law professors are expected to attend.

“We are proud to host the IALS conference which will bring together such a remarkable group of internationally renowned constitutional law experts,” said Dean Claudio Grossman.  “Their depth of expertise and the diverse array of topics to be discussed will create an historic program.”

WCL Professors Jamin Raskin, and Herman Schwartz are among the conference presenters. Raskin will present during a plenary session on Religion, State, and the Constitution, and Schwartz will participate in a Comparative Constitutional Law panel. Grossman will deliver opening remarks Friday morning.

When: Friday, September 11, 2009

            9 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Where: American University Washington College of Law

             4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016, Room 603

Full Schedule:

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009


Claudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of Law

Welcome from IALS                                                                                        

Mónica Pinto, IALS President, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina                 


Michel Rosenfeld, Yeshiva University, United States, Chair,                                

Planning Committee for IALS Conference on Constitutional Law 


Plenary:  Comparative Constitutional Law                                                       

Methodological Challenges in Comparative Constitutional Law

Vicki C. Jackson, Georgetown University, United States


John McEldowney, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Borrowing in Constitutional Making and Adjudicatio

Michel Rosenfeld, Yeshiva University, United States

Herman Schwartz, American University, United States

Moderator: Faridah Jalil, Universite Kebangsaan, Malaysia


Refreshment Break                                                                                           

1045 – 12:00

Small Groups


IALS Luncheon Sponsored by American University                            

Washington College of Law

Walter Dellinger, O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, and Duke University School of Law, United States


Plenary: Religion, State and Constitution                                                        

Symbols and Representation

SusannaMancini, University of Bologna, Italy    

Conflict Between Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression

Guy Haarscher, The Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Relationship Between State and Religion

Michel Troper, University of Paris X, France

Legislative Prayers and Judicial Sins
Jamin Raskin, American University, United States

Moderator: Faizan Mustafa, National Law University of Orissa, India


Refreshment Break                                                                                           


Concurrent Sessions:

Gender and Constitution                                                                     

Reproductive Rights     

Paola Bergallo, University of Buenos Aires and San Andrés University, Argentina

Gender and Constitutional Citizenship

Helen Irving, The University of Sydney, Australia

Mutliculturalism and Constitution

Beverley Baines, Queen's University, Canada

Moderator: Henk Botha, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Constitutional Adjudication and Democracy                                       

Constitutional Role of Transnational Courts

Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University, USA

Democracy, Popular Sovereignty, and the Courts

Wessel le Roux, University of South Africa, South Africa

Moderator: John McEldowney, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

7:00 (Buses Depart)                                                                                          

IALS Reception/Dinner Sponsored by American University                 

Washington College of Law


SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2009 at Georgetown University Law Center


Welcome from Host                                                                                         

T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Dean, Georgetown University Law Center

Plenary:  Distributive Justice                                                               


V.S. Elizabeth, National Law School of India University, India

Adjudicating Socio-economic Rights under a Transformative Constitution

LindaJansen van Rensburg, North-West University, South Africa

Moderator: Norman Dorsen, New York University, United States


Refreshment Break                                                                                           


Small Groups


IALS Luncheon Sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center      

Mark Tushnet, Harvard University


Plenary:  Contemporary Challenges to Executive Power                                 

Emergency Powers

Carlos Rosenkrantz, San Andrés University, Argentina

Relationship Between Executive and Other Branches of Government

Richard Clayton QC, 39 Essex Street, London, United Kingdom

Moderator: Michel Rosenfeld, Yeshiva University, United States

3:15 -3:30                                                                                                         

Refreshment Break                                                                                           


Plenary: Teaching                                                                                           

Susan H. Williams, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, USA

Henk Botha, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Moderator: Helen Irving, University of Sydney, Australia


Reception/Dinner Sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center   

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