Special event: Courts under Political Pressure

photo:  Lorin Granger

Dieter Grimm LL.M. ’65, a former justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, returned to Harvard Law School on September 18 to speak on “Courts under Political Pressure.”

Justice Grimm served as a justice on the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany from 1987 to 1999. He is a permanent fellow and former rector at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Institute for Advanced Study, and a professor emeritus of law at Humboldt University of Berlin. Grimm has been a visiting professor at HLS and at universities around the world. His recent publications include Constitutionalism: Past, Present, and Future (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Sovereignty: The Origin and Future of a Political Concept (Columbia University Press, 2015). An honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he holds a law degree from the University of Frankfurt and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

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Special event: Courts under Political Pressure

Professor Grimm served as a justice on the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany from 1987 to 1999. He is a permanent fellow and former rector at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin Institute for Advanced Study, and a professor emeritus of law at Humboldt University of Berlin. Professor Grimm has been a visiting professor at HLS and at universities around the world. His recent publications include Constitutionalism: Past, Present, and Future (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Sovereignty: The Origin and Future of a Political Concept (Columbia University Press, 2015). An honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he holds a law degree from the University of Frankfurt and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Harvard’s S.J.D. community shares work in progress

Members of Harvard Law School’s S.J.D. community — both current candidates and alumni of the program — gathered on campus for the 2018 S.J.D. Association Workshop, “Between Law and Justice: Ethics, Politics, and the State,” on May 17. The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is Harvard Law School’s most advanced law degree, designed principally for aspiring legal academics who wish to pursue sustained independent study, research, and writing. HLS currently has over 60 S.J.D. candidates from 26 countries. Seven professors at HLS are graduates of the program, as are faculty at leading universities spanning the globe.

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For HLS grads (and Chayes Fellows) Jonathan Kaufman and Lillian Langford, a 1L summer abroad set careers in motion

Today, Jonathan Kaufman ’06 and Lillian Langford J.D./M.P.P. ’13 work on different continents and on very different stages. While at Harvard Law School they had many experiences in common: both were Chayes International Public Service Fellows, both were active in the International Human Rights Clinic, and both received Public Service Venture Fund grants to launch or redirect their careers. And as dozens of HLS students plan to pursue public service work abroad this summer, both Kaufman and Langford recall that seeds planted during their own 1L summers grew, strongly and directly, into the work they are doing today.

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Justice Stephen Gageler AC, LL.M. ’87 reflects on how legal systems deal with alternative facts

Stephen Gageler

On March 27 and 28, Stephen Gageler AC, LL.M. ’87, a justice of the High Court of Australia, returned to Harvard Law School to meet with faculty members, participate in classes, and speak on “Alternative Facts in the Courts.”

Gageler studied law and economics at the Australian National University before earning an LL.M. at Harvard Law School. After serving as a lawyer in Australia’s federal Attorney-General’s Department, he practiced at the private bar in Sydney, where he specialized in constitutional, administrative, and commercial law. In 2008, he became Solicitor-General of Australia, the nation’s second highest law officer. He was appointed as a justice in 2012, joining six other judges on the highest court in Australia’s judicial system.

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