Last year, I invited a constitutional law scholar to participate in a conference. He said he would happily accept my invitation on one condition: I had to assure him the conference would feature women on panels throughout the entire plenary program. (He also asked me not to disclose his identity in connection with this condition to his participation.)
Fortunately, I had long planned to include an equal number of women and men in the conference program. I was nonetheless struck by how strongly this scholar insisted on sharing his spotlight.
This scholar has inspired me to launch the simple but potentially transformative Academic Diversity Pledge. Together we can make our scholarly programs more diverse and more inclusive, and we can strive to ensure a more equitable distribution of academic opportunities.
Please join me here. All are welcome to sign the Pledge.
As always, I welcome your suggestions for collaborations and new programs.
The Most Important Book in Modern Constitutionalism
Final Round voting is now open for our global contest to crowdsource “the most important book in modern constitutionalism.”
Who should cast the tiebreaking vote and write the majority opinion?
The Global Summit in Constitutionalism
The Global Summit in Constitutionalismwill be open to everyone at no cost, thanks to the generosity of the International Forum on the Future of Constitutionalism, the Constitutional Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Institute for Transnational Law at the University of Texas at Austin. Details coming soon.
Spotlight on Early-Career Scholars
Let me introduce you to five early-career scholars in public law, one each in Australia, Austria, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Please get to know them, read their drafts, and invite them to present their papers.