Final Courts Roundup
In a special election year departure from the normal format, the Final Courts Roundup will focus on future directions for the US Supreme Court in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election. The Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law are joined this year by the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in co-hosting the event.
Chaired by Professor Rosalind Dixon (G+T Centre Comparative Constitutional Law Project), the Roundup will feature two presenters:
· Professor Phil Weiser, clerk to two US Supreme Court justices (White, Ginsburg) and immediate past Dean of the University of Colorado Law School. Phil served as a Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council Director at the White House and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the United States Department of Justice's Antitrust Division during the Obama Administration.
· Associate Professor David Fontana, George Washington University Law School. David clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, went to Yale Law School and undertook doctoral studies at Oxford University. He writes on US constitutional and comparative constitutional law.
In a more typical year, this annual seminar provides an outline of recent constitutional developments in several overseas jurisdictions that are of key interest to Australian constitutional lawyers. Experts report on three or four major constitutional cases argued or decided over the previous year; changes in the composition and politics of each country’s highest court; and flag the state of debate over constitutional reform. Together, the panellists also discuss the potential relevance of these comparative developments for current issues in Australian constitutional law.