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The Nature of Constitutional Rights: The Invention and Logic of Strict Judicial Scrutiny
  • Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater

The US Constitution protects freedom of speech, equal protection of the laws, and various other
rights without specifying the circumstances under which government may lawfully infringe
them. In this theoretically sophisticated and engaging book, Professor Richard Fallon, Jr explores
how and why the strict scrutiny test emerged to fill that gap and, in the process, shaped American
understandings of judicial review and constitutional rights themselves. A book signing will
follow the program.

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