– WHAT: Symposium on “Global Constitutionalism” Th… –

WHAT: Symposium on “Global Constitutionalism”

The Stanford Law Review and the Stanford Constitutional Law Center presents a two-day symposium on the globalization of constitutional law. Speakers include Lord Goldsmith, the Attorney General of the United Kingdom; Ambassador Feisal Istrabadi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations; and Sheikh Humam Hamoudi, Chairman of the Iraqi Constitutional Committee. Topics include balancing constitutional rights and security; the “importing” and “exporting” of constitutional norms between the United States, Great Britain, and other countries; and the recent experience of drafting the new constitution in Iraq.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, February 16-17, 2007

WHERE: Stanford Law School, Crown Quad, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305-8610


Discourse and thought about constitutional norms increasingly transcend national borders and founding documents. Spirited debate has arisen within the United States about whether and how foreign law should be utilized for purposes of construing the U.S. Constitution, but there is no doubt that citations to foreign law increasingly surface in U.S. court decisions. Less attention has been paid, however, to the larger interplay between the constitutional norms of the U.S. and other nations. What role does the U.S. Constitution play in other nations’ interpretations of their own constitutions? What are the constitutional benchmarks for nations, such as Iraq, constructing new constitutions and how do such nations choose between them in the face of divergence? What can nations learn from one another about common constitutional controversies—such as those surrounding security initiatives as they may impact civil liberties and larger constitutional norms? This Symposium will explore these questions, gathering prominent scholars, practitioners, and judges from the U.S. and abroad in order to do so.


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