The Center for Constitutional Governance contributes to Columbia’s intellectual life by organizing seminars, workshops, and colloquia that address key constitutional issues. Some of our offerings include:
Public Law Workshop
The Public Law Workshop exposes students to current scholarship in the public law area. It is structured around presentations of working papers by leading public law scholars, as well as accompanying seminar discussions. Recent Workshops have focused on issues such as the presidency, federalism, economic inequality, and democratic institutions in an age of polarization.
Constitutional Governance Practicum
Students in the practicum work on projects related to contemporary issues in American constitutional governance, in conjunction with partners including the New York City Law Department, the ACLU, and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The projects focus on questions of federalism, preemption, and state and local power across a range of areas, including immigration, civil rights, and firearms regulation. Often the projects are connected to ongoing or contemplated litigation. Students produce an array of writing, such as research memos, briefs, white papers, and independent scholarship.
The rise of illiberal constitutionalism poses several crucial questions regarding the future of constitutional democracy. The Colloquium, which meets alternately at Columbia and Cardozo Law Schools, will present a wide variety of perspectives on these questions through weekly presentations of original papers by an international and interdisciplinary group of leading scholars. Papers will be circulated in advance, and each week's presenter will discuss his/her contribution with the conveners and student and other participants at the Colloquium. Students will be required to submit regular response papers and a final paper at the end of the semester.