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Examining Election 2016: Faculty and scholars weigh in

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The 2016 presidential race — and the many events and controversies surrounding it — have prompted HLS scholars to share their viewpoints, to examine the political landscape and to address issues that will have national and global consequences far beyond November 8. As the season draws to a close, here is a selection of their articles and op-eds.

The “Thick Line” of 2016

An op-ed by Adrian Vermeule: In transitional justice, the “thick line” is a deliberate policy of forgetting what went before. I want to suggest a version of the thick line for the 2016 election campaign; more specifically, a one-year moratorium on pointing out the inconsistency or even hypocrisy of others, based on statements they made during the campaign.

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Supreme Court Never Imagined a Litigant Like President Trump

An op-ed by Noah Feldman. Only two presidents have had to deal with private lawsuits while in office. One was John Kennedy, who settled a suit involving a car crash that happened during his campaign. The other was Bill Clinton, sued by Paula Jones for making sexual advances toward her when he was governor of Arkansas. President-elect Donald Trump is involved in 75 pending lawsuits. That’s a problem — potentially a serious one.Continue Reading at Bloomberg »

Why Does The New Constitution Matter? An Interview With Dr. Lawrence Lessig

Dr. Lawrence Lessig is more than just another academic with a keen interest in Iceland. He has also been following Iceland’s experiment with a constitutional draft for years now, has written extensively on the subject, and has visited the country on a number of occasions to meet and consult with the people working most closely with the process. In the run-up to the parliamentary elections, the constitutional draft was a subject raised by a number of parties, so we touched base with Dr. Lessig to get his thoughts on what this draft means, and why it matters not just to Iceland, but possibly to the rest of the world.Continue Reading at The Reykjavik Grapevine »

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