James Madison Program — The Pernicious Myth of Judicial Supremacy

Michael Stokes Paulsen to speak to Princeton University James Madison Program

University Chair, Professor of Law, The University of St. Thomas

 Nearly all of American constitutional law today rests on a myth.  That myth – taught as unquestioned truth from grade school to law school – is that the power of constitutional interpretation belongs exclusively to the U.S. Supreme Court; that the Court’s decisions are thus every bit as much “supreme law of the land” as the Constitution itself; and that the other branches of government, the states, and We the People, accordingly are bound by the Supreme Court’s interpretations of the Constitution, in every instance – no matter what the Court decides to hold. 


So the myth goes.  Every feature of the myth is wrong.  


April 20, 2016 at 4:30pm - 6:30pm
McCormick Hall 101 - Princeton University
83 Prospect Ave
Princeton,, NJ 08540
United States
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Ch'nel D. Duke · · 609-258-5107

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