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Richard Albert: “America’s Amoral Constitution”
September 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Social Sciences Forum presents Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor in Law and Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, who will present the Constitution Day Lecture, “America’s Amoral Constitution.”
By design, the U.S. Constitution does not evaluate whether a lawful choice is morally right or wrong; it evaluates only whether the choice satisfies the procedures the Constitution requires for it to have been made. These fiercely democratic foundations serve as both the font of the Constitution’s popular legitimacy and more ominously also the greatest threat to the liberal democratic principles that today define the Constitution in its common perception at home and abroad.
Born and raised in Canada, Richard Albert has published over eighteen books, including Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions (Oxford University Press 2019). He is the Founding Director of the International Forum on the Future of Constitutionalism. He teaches courses in constitutional law, researches and writes about making and amending constitutions, and convenes international conferences in public law. His publications have been translated into Chinese, French, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. He holds law and political science degrees from Yale, Oxford and Harvard, and formerly served as a law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada.
This event will be streamed live via Webex here (password UMBCSSF). The event is free and open to the public, and will be closed captioned and recorded. Following the event, the recording will be available on CS3’s YouTube channel.
Photo by Isaac Rodriguez.