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Feb. 18, 2004

Press Contact: Amanda Tyler, Texas Law Review, (512) 232-1287 or artyler@mail.utexas.edu

Texas Law Review Conference, Feb. 27-28: Comparative Avenues in Constitutional Scholarship

Conference will explore the emergence of foreign constitutional courts and their impact on American constitutionalism.

WHEN: February 27-28, 2004
WHERE: Eidman Courtroom, Connally Center for the Administration of Justice, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law
WHO: The event is free and is open to the University community and to the general public.
Live webcast available on Friday only, beginning at 9 a.m. CST at rtsp://realaudio.cc.utexas.edu/encoder/conlaw.rm.

AUSTIN, Texas—Today the Texas Law Review released its symposium schedule for "Comparative Avenues in Constitutional Law." The symposium, which will be held at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law on Feb. 27-28, 2004, will explore the emergence and impact of constitutional courts around the globe and review what new light comparative constitutional scholarship sheds on enduring problems in American constitutionalism.

Prominent constitutional law scholars including UT Law's Willy Forbath, Larry Sager, Sanford Levinson, and Ernest Young, as well as Stanford’s John Ferejohn, Columbia Law School’s Sam Issacharoff, Harvard Law School’s Frank Michelman, and Georgetown Law Center's Mark Tushnet will address topics such as the role of courts and constitutional design in addressing ethnic, racial, and religious strife and the extent to which domestic courts should look abroad to interpret our own Constitution.

The event is free and open to the University community and to the general public.

Schedule:

Friday, February 27

9 a.m. Welcome (Dean Bill Powers, UT School of Law)

9:15 a.m. Introductory Remarks (Willy Forbath, UT School of Law)

9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Panel 1: Constitutional Structures and Strategies (Victor Ferreres Comella, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain; John Ferejohn, Stanford University; Inga Markovits, UT School of Law)

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Panel 2: The Role of Courts and Constitutional Design in Addressing Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Strife (Sam Issacharoff, Columbia Law School; Ran Hirschl, University of Toronto)

2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Panel 3: Interpreting and Enforcing Rights: Judicial Supremacy and Its Alternatives (Janet Hiebert, Queen’s University; Mark Tushnet, Georgetown University Law Center; Kim Lane Scheppele, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Willy Forbath, UT School of Law)

Saturday, February 28

10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Panel 4: Borrowing (Frank Michelman, Harvard Law School; Gary Jacobsohn, Williams College; Sanford Levinson, UT School of Law; Larry Sager, UT School of Law)

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Panel 5: Transnational Law and the Domestic Constitution
(T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Georgetown University Law Center; Ernest Young, UT School of Law; Larry Sager, UT School of Law)