Are these truly perilous times for democracy - times of uncertainty and instability? What role does the Supreme Court play in this transitional moment in American politics?
Bob Kerrey, president of The New School, and journalist Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, assess the decisions of the Roberts Court as the United States heads into a presidential election in a moment of domestic and international unrest.
Cosponsored by the Wolfson Center for National Affairs and the Institute for Retired Professionals, the event will discuss whether civil liberties are being eroded or transformed by a changing balance between individual liberty and state security and what personnel changes on the Court might we expect in the next administration- The New School
Linda Greenhouse is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who covered the United States Supreme Court for nearly three decades for the The New York Times.
She will join Yale Law School in January 2009 as the Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Senior Fellow.
Bob Kerrey is president of The New School in New York City.
For twelve years prior to becoming president of The New School, Bob Kerrey represented the State of Nebraska in the United States Senate. Before that, he served as Nebraska's governor for four years.
Bob Kerrey is the author of When I Was A Young Man: A Memoir, published by Harcourt Books (May 2002). He served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, currently leads a five year writing challenge sponsored by The National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges, and is co-chair with Newt Gingrich of The National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care.
It is certainly more progressive, see Supremacy and Direct Effect. However, the courts jurisprudence has sincere potential to harm its legitimacy amongst EU nations. As of now, it has been rather benign but it is interesting to implore the potentially more contiguous value system of the EU and especially in such a short developmental period compared to the US Supreme Court.