The Concept of Liberty Implicit in United States Constitutional Law
Charles Fried spricht über das Freiheits-Konzept im Verfassungsrecht der USA – von den Anfängen bis zur Entscheidung des Obersten Gerichtshofs im Juni 2003, die das so genannte Anti-Sodomie-Gesetz für verfassungswidrig erklärte.
Vortrag in englischer Sprache
Dienstag, 2. März, 20 Uhr, American Academy in Berlin
The lecture will give an account of the development of the concept of liberty in United States constitutional law from its original statement through to the Supreme Court’s decision in June 2003 in the Texas homosexual sodomy case. There are two lines of development. Originally the protections on liberty were largely political. In the middle and late Nineteenth century the Supreme Court became active, principally in protecting economic liberties. That focus shifted after the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1932 toward an emphasis on personal liberties and liberties of expression and religion. The lecture will try to indicate the similarities and differences between these two emphases and the analytical difficulty of keeping the two rigidly separate.
Charles Fried is Beneficial Professor of Law at Harvard University. He studied at Princeton, Oxford, and Columbia universities. From 1981 on he held the Carter Professorship of General Jurisprudence. During the Reagan administration he served as the Solicitor General of the U.S. Government, and in 1995 he was appointed Associate Justice on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Professor Fried has published several books and numerous articles, among them Contract as Promise (1981), Order and Law: Arguing the Reagan Revolution (1991), and, together with David Rosenberg, Making Tort Law: What Should Be Done and Who Should Do It (2003). His newest book, Saying What the Law Is: The Constitution in the Supreme Court, is published by Harvard University Press in early March.
Ulrich K. Preuß is Professor for Public Law and Politics at the Otto-Suhr Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 1992 he is a member of the Bremischer Staatsgerichtshof. His diverse research interests focus on the processes of European integration, constitutional law, the changing role of the state, and the transformation of the concept of citizenship. Among his many publications are Constitutional Revolution: The Link Between Constitutionalism and Progress (1995), and Krieg Verbrechen Blasphemie: Zum Wandel bewaffneter Gewalt (2002).
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