War Powers: A (Judicial) Review

Judge David Barron explores the history of wartime powers and conflict

The post-9/11 war on terror was only 3 years old when David Barron ’94 began researching whether presidents enjoy as much unfettered power to conduct wars as was assumed by many at the time. A dozen years after he began, Barron, now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and a visiting professor at HLS, has published the results of his research in a book titled “Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress 1776 to ISIS” (Simon & Schuster).

Faculty Books in Brief—Spring 2017

The concept of speech is typically defined as the communication of thoughts in spoken words. Yet the authors note that First Amendment protection of speech is far broader, covering nonrepresentational art, instrumental music, and even nonsense—individual topics that Tushnet, Chen, and Blocher focus on (in that order) in the book.

A Professor’s Portfolio

With a new book of photographs, the founder of HLS’s Human Rights Program presents faces and places he’s encountered in his career

For more than a half-century at HLS, Professor Emeritus Henry Steiner ’55 has focused on international human rights, including as the founder of the school’s Human Rights Program; he has also focused his camera on countries around the world, and is now sharing his deep passion for photography in a new book, “Eyeing the World.”

Common Threat

Sunstein urges people to consume more diverse information for the good of our democracy

Author of the best-selling “Nudge,” about influencing people’s behavior for their benefit, Professor Cass Sunstein ’78 has just published a new book titled “#republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media.” Sunstein, who served as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration, argues in the book that self-insulation facilitated by the internet and social media has harmful consequences for our democracy—one of several topics he covered in a recent interview with the Bulletin.