Law, Liberty, and Federalism


Conferees explored the history and current state of federalism as a matter of constitutional design and as a matter of practice, using readings in both political theory and case law.


From Liberty Fund

The Federalist

by By Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan

The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, constitutes a text central to the American political tradition. Written and published in newspapers in 1787 and 1788 to explain and promote ratification of the proposed Constitution for the United States, which were then bound by the Articles of Confederation,…

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Additional Readings

United States v. Lopez, 514 U.S. 549  (U.S. Supreme Court 1995).

Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898  (U.S. Supreme Court 1997).

Arizona, et al. v. United States, 567 U.S. --  (U.S. Supreme Court 2012).

Quebec (Attorney General) v. Canada (Attorney General), 14 -- (SCC 2015).

Althusius, Johannes. Politica. Translated by Frederick S. Carney. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1995.

Madison, James and Thomas Jefferson. “The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions.” (8/28/2017).

Weiler, J. H. H. The Constitution of Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.