Dr. Louis Fisher: The Case Against Judicial Supremacy

22.05.2012 (19:30)

Uni Hamburg // Hörsaal Phil F (Philosophenturm) // Von-Melle-Park 6 //20146 // Hamburg

Zum oben genannten Thema spricht:

Dr. Louis Fisher
Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project, Washington DC

Begrüßungen:
Ref. iur. Björn Walser
DAJV Student Division Nord

Dr. Stefan Heumann
Cultural Affairs Specialist
U.S. Consulate General Hamburg

Einleitung und Moderation:
Privatdozent Dr. Hannes Rösler, LL.M. (Harvard)
Wiss. Referent, Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg, DAJV-Mitglied


Über den Referenten:
Dr. Louis Fisher is Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project. Previously he worked for four decades at the Library of Congress as Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers (Congressional Research Service, from 1970 to 2006) and Specialist in Constitutional Law (the Law Library, from 2006 to 2010). During his service with CRS he was research director of the House Iran-Contra Committee in 1987, writing major sections of the final report. Dr. Fisher has been invited to testify before Congress about 50 times. He received his doctorate in political science from the New School for Social Research (1967). Dr. Fisher’s specialties include constitutional law, war powers, budget policy, executive-legislative relations, and judicial-congressional relations. He has written 20 books and over 400 articles in law-reviews, political science journals, newspapers, and magazines on these issues. Dr. Fisher has also been invited to speak about these topics in over 30 countries.

Zum Vortragsthema:
In his talk, Dr. Fisher will take a critical look at the role of the Supreme Court in two important cases that will shape the future of the United States. The Citizens United case overturned major campaign finance regulations, opening the gates to unrestrained corporate and union financial contributions. The majority of the court argues that corporations are "persons" under the Constitution and therefore entitled to free speech. The second claim, taken from a Supreme Court decision in 1976 (Buckley v. Valeo) is that money is speech.  Under that theory, limits on campaign expenditures were struck down as a violation of the freedom of speech. This summer the court will review the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. In this case the Court could overturn the landmark legislative achievement of President Obama’s first term in office. Health Care Reform and Campaign Finance Regulations were both passed by Congress. The handling of these cases raises important questions about the political power and legitimacy of the Supreme Court.  

  •  Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.
  • im Anschluss an den Vortrag besteht die Möglichkeit, die Diskussion informell im nahe gelegenen Abaton Bistro (www.abaton-bistro.de) fortzusetzen und DAJV-Mitglieder kennenzulernen.
  • Aus organisatorischen Gründen wird um eine kurze
    Anmeldung unter B.Walser@t-online.de
    gebeten. Bitte geben Sie uns wegen der Tischreservierung auch verbindlich an, ob Sie am Get-Together im Abaton Bistro teilnehmen möchten.

 

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Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Dr. Ludwig Leyendecker           Ref. iur. Björn Walser
(Vorsitzender)                          (Student Division Nord)

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