Judicial Engagement


Judicial Engagement & the Role of Judges in Enforcing the Constitution

Presented by the George Mason Law Review and the Institute for Justice

Thursday March 22, 2012

Founders Hall
George Mason University School of Law
3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, Virginia 22201

The courts were meant to play an integral role in keeping legislators and executive branch officials within the proper bounds of their authority, but judges today are often unwilling or feel unable to enforce constitutional limits on government power.

The symposium sought to move beyond the imprecise and unhelpful rhetoric of so-called judicial activism and simply asked whether judges are properly engaged in their role of interpreting and applying the constitution.

Symposium Agenda

Introductory Remarks/Welcome:

Chip Mellor, Institute for Justice

Keynote Address:

Prof. Randy Barnett, Georgetown Law Center

Panel 1:  Judicial Engagement in Enforcing Individual Rights

Prof.  David Bernstein, George Mason University School of Law

Prof. Kurt Lash, University of Illinois College of Law

Prof. Eric Claeys, George Mason University School of Law

Moderator: Elizabeth Price Foley, Institute for Justice

Panel 2:  Judicial Engagement in Enforcing Limits on Government Power

Prof. Stephen Presser, Northwestern University School of Law

Prof. Sanford Levinson, University of Texas School of Law

Prof. Douglas Kmiec, Pepperdine University School of Law

Moderator: Prof. Neomi Rao, George Mason University School of Law

Panel 3:  Judicial “Activism” & “Restraint” vs. “Engagement”:  How Judge-Made Doctrines Have Developed and How or Whether Judges Should Become More “Engaged”

Prof. Nelson Lund, George Mason University School of Law

Prof. Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School

Clark Neily, Institute for Justice

Moderator: Steve Simpson, Institute for Justice

Closing Remarks:


Judicial Engagement Symposium Flyer


If you have questions concerning the symposium, please email gmusymposium@gmail.com.


Antitrust Symposiums: 20072008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014