• May 16, 2008

Restoring America After Bush

  • 1:00 PM
  • Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, 1515 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Presented by JALSA (Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action)

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. RSVP requested via email to rsvp@jalsa.org.

A panel discussion at the Harvard Law School to examine how to restore America after the Bush presidency


Andy Bacevich (Professor of History and International Relations, Boston University)
Louis Fisher (Specialist in constitutional law at the Law Library of the Library of Congress)
Charles Fried (Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School)
Norman Ornstein (Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute)
Fritz A. O. Schwarz, Jr. (Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice, New York University Law School)
Detlev F. Vagts (Bemis Professor of International Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School)
Sheldon Whitehouse (US Senate, D.RI, Select Committee on Intelligence and Judiciary Committee)

The questions to be considered:

How can Congress and the courts be made more effective as co-equal branches to offset the expansion of presidential power? Should, and can, the expansion of presidential power be reversed?

Issues include:

  • Balancing presidential and Congressional war powers.
  • Making Congress more effective.
  • Signing statements, executive privilege and government secrecy.
  • Political influence in judicial appointments.
  • Courts and national security in an era of terror, torture and detention without charge.
  • De-politicizing executive departments.
  • The president and international law.
  • Is the Supreme Court so ideologically unbalanced as to warrant adding additional members?

How should we assess the impact of the 7 years of the Bush administration on international peace and stability and the long term security of the U.S.?

Issues include:

  • Assessing the Bush national security strategy.
  • Bush, Cheney and “American exceptionalism”.
  • Establishing appropriate levels of military force.
  • Soft power vs. hard power.
  • Assessing the role of multinational institutions.
  • The legacy of Bush fiscal and economic policies.
  • Rescuing the national image.
  • Adapting to new commercial alignments.
  • Evaluating the risk of a “clash of civilizations.”

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