January 13, 2005

A Conversation on the Relevance of Foreign Law for American Constitutional Adjudication with U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia & Stephen Breyer (January 13, 2005, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Washington College of Law)

WCL is honored to welcome Justices Scalia and Breyer to discuss “The Relevance of Foreign Law for American Constitutional Adjudication,” which will address such topics as using foreign court precedent in deciding U.S. constitutional cases and whether the U.S. should take into account shifting world standards on social and moral issues such as the death penalty. The discussion will be moderated by NYU Law Professor Norman Dorsen.

[T]he event will also be livestreamed on the web; details available beginning Jan 10 at

The topic is a hugely important one, of course – is Justice Breyer right
in believing that the US constitution is simply an emanation of a
broader global body of universal law and values, and hence it is
appropriate to consider other sources? Or is Justice Scalia right in
insisting that the US legal system owes fidelity to the US constitution
alone? This is the sleeper issue for the Court over the coming decade,
with immense implications for the “values” debate in the US.

Thanks and best wishes,

Ken Anderson