Thursday, December 13, 2012

GWorks Interviews: Akhil Reed Amar


“It turns out that a lot in our constitutional experience isn't written down in so many words.”
In GWorks Interviews: Akhil Reed Amar, Professor Amar discusses his latest book, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents & Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012), and how the text of the Constitution is "supplemented—not supplanted" by an unwritten constitution.

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. He teaches Constitutional Law at Yale College and Yale Law School.

Part One: (Un)written Describing the book, why Professor Amar wrote it and his idea that we can all do Constitutional interpretation.

Part Two: Invitation The Constitution's invitation to understand it and how this relates to issues like privacy and the Supreme Court's review of same-sex marriage.

Part Three: Extent What makes up the unwritten Constitution and how far does it reach.

Part Four: Limit How the unwritten Constitution supplements—but not supplants—the written Constitution.

Part Five: Meaning What the unwritten Constitution means to forming “a more perfect Union.”