Celebrating the Authors of 2016: A Book Signing and Panel Discussion with Georgetown Law Professors

November 18, 2016 —

As the country prepares for a new presidential administration, writers from left, right and center come together at Georgetown Law to discuss topics from war to gay marriage, financial markets and bioterrorism — not to mention the Supreme Court and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Georgetown Law professors will convene at the school on Monday, November 21 to discuss their groundbreaking books published in 2016.


Monday, November 21, 2016

1:00 p.m.



Georgetown University Law Center

Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor 

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001

Media wishing to attend should RSVP to



Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory

Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People (HarperCollins)

From the premier libertarian constitutionalist in the country, an argument that a "republican" constitution with structural constraints on power is needed to prevent and constrain the authoritarian tendencies of a majoritarian or "democratic" constitution. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) writes: “essential reading for anyone interested in the future of our Constitution.”  

Rosa Brooks, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs; Professor of Law

How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon (Simon & Schuster)

An insider’s account of the Pentagon and how the line between war and peace is being shattered. General James Mattis, former CENTCOM commander writes: “one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve ever read.”  

David Cole, Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy

Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law (Basic Books)

An exploration of the critical part that citizens and civil society play in the development and enforcement of constitutional law, including gay rights and gun rights. Jeffrey Toobin writes: “David Cole demonstrates that it is citizens, not judges, who are the ultimate custodians of our nation’s law.”   

Laura Donohue, Professor of Law

The Future of Foreign Intelligence: Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital Age (Oxford University Press) 

New technologies threaten our privacy; this book offers a road map for reining in the national security state’s expansive reach before it is too late. Walter Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the United States, calls it “essential reading for those concerned with protecting civil liberties.” Winner of the 2016 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.  

Lawrence Gostin, University Professor; Linda D. & Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law

Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint & Global Management of Infectious Disease After Ebola (University of California Press, Oxford University Press)

Larry Gostin analyzes chronic diseases, bio-terrorism, opiod overdose and gun violence. “No one has done more than Lawrence Gostin to map the conceptual and practical issues [needed] to translate a vision of public health into workable principles and strategies.” Dr. J. Michael McGinnis, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies 

Mary Hartnett, Adjunct Professor of Law, and Wendy Williams, Professor Emerita

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s My Own Words (Simon & Schuster)

My Own Words provides a “fascinating glimpse into the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” The Washington Post calls it “a collection of thoughtful writing about perseverance and community and the law” and “a tonic to the current national discourse.” 

Donald Langevoort, Thomas Acquinas Reynolds Professor of Law

Selling Hope, Selling Risk: Corporations, Wall Street, and the Dilemmas of Investor Protection (Oxford University Press)

“From the leading expert in the field, a look at the dilemmas of investor protection in an over-politicized world, and the damage done by an excess of deception and self-deception on Wall Street and Corporate America.” NYU Law Professor Geoffrey P. Miller calls it an “accessible and important book” providing “stunning insights into why the regulation of financial markets failed so conspicuously in the recent crisis.”  

Victoria Nourse (moderator), Professor of Law

Misreading Law, Misreading Democracy (Harvard University Press)

A critique of the failure of even educated lawyers to know much if anything about how Congress really works and a vigorous response to Justice Scalia’s Reading Law. Judge Richard Posner writes: a “devastating criticism of how judges, including Supreme Court Justices, interpret congressional enactments…all the [] crutches fall, felled by her cannons.”  

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