Constitutional Issues: Constitutional Amendment

The seminar examines the requirements for amending the US Constitution including whether there are substantive limits on the content of amendments, or whether Article V, by its terms, excludes such limits.  The course will also consider advocacy of amending the Constitution outside Article V by authors such as Bruce Ackerman and Akhil Reed Amar.  The course will consider other topics, such as the Dellinger/Tribe Debate; comparative amendment procedures in the American States and foreign countries; claims that amendments are irrelevant; amendment by national conventions; the economic analysis of amending; the ERA and flag-burning amendment attempts; and recent and forthcoming amendment issues.  The seminar includes a 15 page paper on an approved topic and an in-class brief oral discussion of the paper.
Credits: 2

Type: SEM