Is the World Rejecting American Constitutionalism?

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 6:00 PM

Program Admission: FREE!

Reservations Recommended. Please call 215.409.6700 or order online.



Most Americans revere their Constitution—but what does the rest of the world think? Is the world rejecting American constitutionalism as a model for other countries?

As the opening event of its 2012-2013 series on “Constitution Making,” the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism presents leading scholars in a timely discussion on the global influence and relevance of the U.S. Constitution. David Law, Professor of Law and Political Science at Washington University, has argued that this influence is indeed in decline. Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University, contends instead that there is much in American constitutionalism that new countries are emulating. David Armitage, Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University, highlights the importance of the Declaration of Independence as part of America’s constitutional traditions. The panel will explore these contrasting perspectives and what’s at stake for constitution making in the world today. Richard R. Beeman, a Trustee of the Center and the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, moderates.


Advance reservations recommended; call 215.409.6700 or order online.

Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

The National Constitution Center’s parking garage will be closed for this event. Convenient parking can be found at the easily accessible lot at the Independence Visitor Center located on 6th Street, between Market and Arch Streets. Parking validations will be made available at registration.


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