Comparative Law Scholar to Discuss Judging Post 9/11

Lexington, VA Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Kim Lane Scheppele
Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and the Director of the Program of Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will deliver a public lecture on Friday, January 21 at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Scheppele's talk is titled "Judging After 9/11:  Constitutional Law in an Age of Terror" and is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall. Sponsored by the W&L Transnational Law Institute, the event is free and open to the public.

Scheppele's scholarship focuses on comparative constitutional law, using ethnographic, historical and doctrinal methods to understand the emergence and collapse of constitutional systems. Her research into post 9/11 judicial systems has shown that courts around the world now assert strong powers against other branches of government in national security cases. However, this evolution has done little for those suspected of being terrorists who are ultimately exonerated. Scheppele's book on this subject, which shares its title with her presentation, is due out next year.

Since 9/11, Scheppele has researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. Her book-in-progress, The International State of Emergency, explores the creation of international security law through UN Security Council resolutions and examines the effect that apparent compliance with these resolutions has had on constitutional integrity. Before working on these issues, she spent many years living in Eastern Europe, particularly Russia and Hungary, studying the constitutional transitions of these states and working with courts in the region.  

Scheppele joined the faculty of Princeton University in 2005 after nearly a decade at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law, as well as Professor of Sociology. Before that, she taught from 1984-1996 at the University of Michigan.

The Transnational Law Institute, directed by Professor Mark Drumbl, was established in 2006 to support and coordinate teaching innovations, externships, internships, a speaker series and visiting faculty to help prepare students for the increasing globalization of legal practice.

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