United States v. Constitution: Does our Democracy Need Saving?

Tom Ginsburg, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law and Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, The University of Chicago Law School; Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, Mark Claster Mamolen Teaching Scholar, The University of Chicago Law School

United States v. Constitution: Does Our Democracy Need Saving?

Democracies are facing multiplying challenges, from structural changes to geopolitical shifts to cultural transformations. Though the United States remains one of the strongest democratic nations in the world, it is by no means immune to democratic backsliding. As the American public becomes more polarized on issues such as press freedom and US-Russia relations, the question of how core democratic commitments is being even more sharply presented. Will our institutions hold? Do the systemic weaknesses revealed by recent pressures on the US Constitution require fundamental change in how it is interpreted and implemented? How likely is it that our democracy could erode, and can we mitigate the risk?

Copies of Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Huq’s new book How to Save a Constitutional Democracy will be available for sale and signing from the Book Cellar following the program.

Speaker Bio

Schedule

5:15 p.m.
Registration

5:30 p.m.
Discussion and Q&A

6:30 p.m.
Book Signing

7:00 p.m.
Adjournment