Jack Goldsmith

discusses

Power and Constraint:
The Accountable Presidency After 9/11

with Charles Fried, Martha Minow, Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

$5 tickets on sale now

This event includes a book signing

Date

Mar
19
Monday
March 19, 2012
6:00 PM

Location

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

$5.00 - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome Harvard professors JACK GOLDSMITH, CHARLES FRIED, MARTHA MINOW, AND JOSEPH S. NYE, JR. for a discussion of Goldsmith's new book, Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11.

In Power and Constraint, Jack Goldsmith reveals the surprising truth behind Barack Obama's decision to continue many of his predecessor's counterterrorism policies. Conventional wisdom holds that 9/11 sounded the death knell for presidential accountability. In fact, the opposite is true. The novel powers that our post-9/11 commanders in chief assumed—endless detentions, military commissions, state secrets, broad surveillance, and more—are the culmination of a two-century expansion of presidential authority.

But these new powers have been met with thousands of barely visible legal and political constraints—enforced by congressional committees, government lawyers, courts, and the media—that have transformed our unprecedentedly powerful presidency into one that is also unprecedentedly accountable.

These constraints are the key to understanding why Obama continued the Bush counterterrorism program, and in this light, the events of the last decade should be seen as a victory, not a failure, of American constitutional government. According to Goldsmith, we have actually preserved the framers’ original idea of a balanced constitution, despite the vast increase in presidential power made necessary by this age of permanent emergency.

Charles Fried
Charles Fried

Charles Fried

Charles Fried, the Beneficial Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School, has taught and written about legal philosophy and constitutional law for over forty years. He served as solicitor general of the United States in the Reagan administration and as a judge on the highest court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has written several books, including most recently Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government, Right and Wrong.

Photo Credit: George Simian

Jack Goldsmith
Jack Goldsmith

Jack Goldsmith

Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches and writes about national security law, presidential power, cybersecurity, international law, internet law, foreign relations law, and conflict of laws. Before coming to Harvard, Professor Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel from 2003-2004, and Special Counsel to the Department of Defense from 2002-2003. He is the author of The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgement inside the Bush Administration, The Limits of International Law, and Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World.

Photo Credit: Ralph Farnsworth

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

Joseph S. Nye Jr. is a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of the Kennedy School. He received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a PhD in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology. In 2004, he published Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics; Understanding International Conflict; and The Power Game: A Washington Novel. In 2008 he published The Powers to Lead and in 2011 The Future of Power.

Martha Minow
Martha Minow

Martha Minow

Martha Minow is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School, where she has taught since 1981, and served as dean between 2009 and 2017.  An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, her recent books include The First Global Prosecutor (co-edited 2015) and In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Constitutional Landmark (2010). 

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Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 10 minutes

As you exit the station, cross Mass. Ave. and proceed along Brattle St. Follow Brattle St. as it curves to the right in Brattle Square (follow the sidewalk on the right side of the street). The Brattle will be on the left-hand side of the street. The building is shared with Algiers Cafe and Alden & Harlow Restaurant, and the theatre entrance is on the left side of the building—look for the sidewalk poster case and marquee.

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