The Court and The World: the New Trans-National Role of the Supreme Court with Justice Stephen Breyer (Video)


Event Details

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 
1 W 54th Street
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Transcripts and Video

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will speak about the many ways in which American judges, when interpreting American law, must take ever greater account of foreign events, law, and practices – the subject of his new book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.

For the majority of the history of the United States, the defining question of American foreign policy has been what role the United States should play in the global community.  In a rapidly globalized world, international perspectives on issues such as human rights, free trade, and international agreements are presented as alternatives or incongruities to American policies.  With the distances between countries shrinking every day, the American judicial system is faced with a serious complication of our foreign policy’s foundational quandary:  What role should the global community play in the United States?

This lecture is part of the John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture Series. 

This event is business attire.



Event Speakers

    • Justice Stephen Breyer
      Supreme Court of the United States

        Stephen Breyer, born in San Francisco in 1938, is a graduate of Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard Law School. He taught law for many years as a professor at Harvard Law School and at the Kennedy School of Government.  He has also worked as a Supreme Court law clerk (for Justice Arthur Goldberg), a Justice Department lawyer (antitrust division), an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, and Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1980 he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President Carter, becoming Chief Judge in 1990.  In 1994 he was appointed a Supreme Court Justice by President Clinton. He has written books and articles about administrative law, economic regulation, and, Making Democracy Work; A Judge’s View, a book about the Constitution. His most recent book is entitled The Court and the World.  His wife, Joanna, was born in Great Britain and is a retired clinical psychologist.  They have three children (Chloe, Nell, and Michael) and five grandchildren. 

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