In the wake of 9/11, it is hardly surprising that the executive branch of the most powerful nation in the world undertook aggressive measures to further American security. What is surprising, however, is that the executive was compelled to curb all of its most aggressive measures. And by and large, those curtailments were neither ordered by a court nor compelled by Congress. Professor Cole's talk will explore the role of civil society in standing up for constitutional and human rights, and the power that engaged commitments to constitutional ideals can have, even when the executive, the legislature, the courts, and the public at large are all focused on security to the exclusion of all other values.
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN
Cole, David; Mondale, Walter F..
Constitutional Hope: THE SURPRISING RESILIENCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE DECADE AFTER 9/11, AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL THEORY AND THE POLITICS OF RIGHTS.
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