The Misconceived Search for the Meaning of "Speech" in Freedom of Speech

Larry Alexander, University of San Diego Law School  |  Website  |  CV


Larry Alexander

Lawrence A. Alexander.  Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at University of San Diego School of Law.


Thursday, April 7th, 2016
CU Law School
Wolf, Room 480
12:00 – 1:00pm

Professor Alexander teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, and jurisprudence.  He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Law & Philosophy, Ethics, Criminal Law and Philosophy, and the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. He is the co-editor of the international quarterly Legal Theory.
Alexander's publications include “Distributive Justice and Retributive Justice” in Oxford Handbook of Distributive Justice (Olsaretti, ed.) (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015); “Ignorance as a Legal Excuse” in Moral and Legal Ignorance (Peels, ed.) (Routledge, forthcoming 2015); “The Means Principle” in Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Truths: The Philosophy of Michael Moore (Ferzan, and Morse, eds.) (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015); “Did Casey Strikeout? Following and Overruling Constitutional Precedents in the Supreme Court” in Precedent in the United States Supreme Court (Peters, ed.) (Spinger, 2013); “Redish on Freedom of Speech” in 107 Northwestern Law Review 593 (2013); “Fletcher on the Fault of Not Knowing” in Essays on Criminal Law (with Ferzan) (Christopher, ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2012); “Legal Objectivity and the Illusion of Legal Principles” in Institutionalized Reason: The Jurisprudence of Robert Alexy (Klatt, ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2012); Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law (with Ferzan, and Morse) (Cambridge University Press, 2009); Demystifying Legal Reasoning (with Sherwin) (Cambridge University Press, 2008); and Is There a Right of Freedom of Expression? (Cambridge University Press, 2005).


Exporting Freedom: Religious Liberty and American Power

Dr. Anna Su, University of Toronto  |  Website  |  CV


Anna Su

Dr. Anna Su.  Assistant Professor of Law at University of Toronto Law School.


Monday, March 14th, 2016
CU Law School
Wolf, Room 205
12:00 – 1:00pm

Dr. Su will discuss her recent book, Exporting Freedom, which charts the rise of religious freedom as an ideal firmly enshrined in international law and shows how America’s promotion of the cause of individuals worldwide to freely practice their faith advanced its ascent as a global power.  In examining the evolution of religious freedom from an expression of the civilizing impulse to the democratization of states and, finally, through the promotion of human rights, Su offers a new understanding of the significance of religion in international relations.

Dr. Su's primary areas of research include the law and history of international human rights law, U.S. constitutional law (First Amendment), and law and religion. Her research has appeared in the Vanderbilt Law Review, the International Journal of Constitutional Law and the Journal of the History of International Law.


The Politics of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

3:00pm Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Eaton Humanities, Room 150

This landmark 2014 Supreme Court decision is the first to recognize a corporation’s claim of religious belief. It struck down the requirement that Hobby Lobby, a nationwide chain of retail arts and crafts stores, provide contraceptive coverage to its female employees. An expert panel will assess the broader implications of this decision.  Sponsored by the Center for Western Civilization; co-sponsored by the Keller Center.  More information can be found here.