Law and Society Association President to Give Talk on "The Ruins of Constitutional Government”

Kim Lane Scheppele
Kim Lane Scheppele

Kim Lane Scheppele, president of the Law and Society Association, will present “In the Ruins of Constitutional Government,” a discussion about democratic citizenries electing leaders who proceed to dismantle previously existing constitutional constraints on the power of the executive, Thursday, March 7 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Great Room of Old Chapel. A buffet lunch will be served during the event, which is free and open to the public, and online advance registration is encouraged.

The Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology & International Affairs at Princeton University, Scheppele’s work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 9/11, she researched the effects of the international “war on terror” on constitutional protections around the world. Since 2010, she has been documenting the rise of autocratic legalism first in Hungary and then in Poland within the European Union, as well as its spread around the world. Her many publications in law reviews, in social science journals and in many languages cover these topics and others. She is a commentator in the popular press, discussing comparative constitutional law, the state of Europe, the rule of law and the rise of populism, she also probes historical subjects, particularly the historical origin stories that underwrite constitutions.

The Law and Society Association (LSA) is an interdisciplinary scholarly organization of more than 1,500 members committed to social scientific, interpretive and historical analyses of law across multiple social contexts. Formerly headquarted at UMass Amherst from 1987-2012, this event serves as a celebration of the LSA's recent return to campus under executive officer Steven Boutcher, a senior research fellow with the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR).

The event, which is sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the ISSR, the legal studies program and the department of sociology, will include a brief welcome by Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and remarks from Boutcher and Paul M. Collins, the director of legal studies.

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