Claire Finkelstein
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Is the U.s. BecomIng a Constitutional Dictatorship? Executive Authority and the Rule PostRule of Law Post--9/11

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This lecture will discuss the developments that have led us to this Administration, paying particular attention to trends in the evolution of executive power since 9/11 that have expanded executive authority and weakened constraints on the part of counterbalancing institutions. I shall argue that the features of the Trump Administration that so openly challenge rule of law values began to enter political life as far back as 9/11, and indeed even potentially before. I shall also discuss the possible correctives to the dissolution of the rule of law. It is far from a foregone conclusion that this trend will continue, but any attempts to roll back this damage must be clear and deliberate, and such work will not happen quickly or easily.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

TYD 0102