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New Evidence and Arguments about the Original Meaning of the U.S. Constitution
Suppose we knew what dictionaries the founding generation was using when they wrote or interpreted the U.S. Constitution. Or, suppose we had pre-ratification translations of the Constitution that could help show us original public meaning. Indeed, this historical evidence exists, but has only recently been put to good scholarly use. The panel will discuss their work on this topic and explore whether historical evidence is useful in interpreting original meaning. Is historical evidence sufficient to interpret the Constitution, or do we need a theory of originalism to interpret the evidence?
The panel will consist of Christina Mulligan (Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School) and Michael Douma (Director, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics), co-authors of an article on founding-era translations of the U.S. Constitution; Peter Jaworski (Assistant Teaching Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University), who has written on the theory of originalism, and Gregory Maggs (Professor of Law, George Washington University), author of many works on using historical sources to interpret original meaning.
RSVP here to join us on Friday, January 29 in Hotung 2000 from 2:00-3:00. Food will be provided during the panel discussion, and a reception will immediately follow.