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norman dorsen

IACL Roundtable

In conjunction with the US Association of Constitutional Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York City
March 31- April 1, 2019

A Passion for Civil Liberties:  Building on the Legacy of Norman Dorsen

 This roundtable is meant to honor Norman Dorsen (1930-2017) who was a preeminent civil libertarian scholar, advocate, an organizer. Professor Dorsen was a member of the IACL Executive Committee from the mid 1990’s till the mid 2000’s as well as the founding president of the US Association of Constitutional Law, the founder and Editorial Director of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I.CON), and a co-author (with Baer, Mancini, Rosenfeld and Sajo) of the casebook on Comparative Constitutionalism (3d Ed. West Academic Publishing 2016).

Professor Dorsen was the president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (1976-1991) and the Frederick I. and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program at the New York University School of Law, where he specialized in Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Comparative Constitutional Law.

For over half a century, Norman Dorsen carved out an exceptional and unique carreer path combining advocacy, organizational leadership, and  trend setting legal scholarship. He argued many landmark constitutional cases involving civil liberties in the US Supreme Court, including the first case before that Court on the issue of abortion.

By concentrating on subjects at the core of Norman Dorsen’s legacy, the  Roundtable will be comprised of three panels. The first of these will be a panel of judges from Supreme or Constitutional Courts from different jurisdictions that will concentrate on an agreed upon subject of particular current interest relating to civil liberties, and  that will be conducted in a question and answer format with the moderator posing questions and facilitating the conversation among the participating judges. The remaining two panels will be comprised of scholars from diverse jurisdictions who will  tackle contemporary issues and challenges in  crucial areas of rights’ protection: equality and free speech.


Roundtable Program

Sunday, March 31, 2019

1)      Welcoming Remarks 9:30-10:00 AM

Dean Melanie Leslie, Cardozo School of Law

One of the Co-Directors of the Cardozo Floersheimer Center

Professor Adrienne Stone, President of the IACL

Professor Michel Rosenfeld, President of the US Association of Constitutional Law

2)      Norman Dorsen as a Civil Liberties Champion and Global Legal Education Visionary  10:00-10:45 AM

 John Sexton, President Emeritus New York University (NYU), Dean Emeritus and  Benjamin F. Butler Professor of Law, NYU Law School

Burt Neuborne, Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties, NYU Law School


3)    Roundtable Panel One: Judicial Perspectives on Civil Liberties Adjudication 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Susanne Baer, Justice of the Constitutional Court of Germany

Stephen Breyer, Justice of the US Supreme Court

Brenda Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court

Andras Sajo, Former Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights, University Professor Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

        Moderator, Michel Rosenfeld, Cardozo School of Law


4)    Roundtable Panel Two: Contemporary Challenges and Perspectives on Equality Rights 3:00-5:00 PM

Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor, Columbia University Law School

Stephanie Hennette-Vauchez, Professor, Paris Ouest Nanterre University

Michael Karayanni, Dean and The Bruce W. Wayne Chair in International Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law

Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School


5)    Special Panel Featuring Presentations by Emerging Scholars: Contemporary Issues and Challenges Related to Fundamental Rights Protection 5:00-7:00 PM

Samuel White,PhD Candidate, University of Dundee, UK 

Tanzil Chowdhury, Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London, UK and

Bethany Shiner, Lecturer, Middlesex University, London, UK

Khagesh Gautam, Associate Professor, O.P. Jindal Global University, India

Gaurav Mukherjee, S.J.D. Candidate, Central European University, Hungary 


Monday, April 1, 2019

6)    Roundtable Panel Three:  Contemporary Challenges and Perspectives on Freedom of Speech 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

David Cole, National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Stanley Fish, Floersheimer Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law

Susanna Mancini, Professor and Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Bologna Faculty of Law

Adrienne Stone, Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, University of Melbourne Law School