» 2009 Chapman Law Review Symposium

Lincoln's Constitutionalism in Time of War: Lessons for the Current War on Terror?

On January 30, 2009, Chapman University School of Law hosted the 2009 Chapman Law Review Symposium. This Symposium addressed extremely topical questions relating to civil liberties, Guantanamo Bay, and the economics of war in the context of Abraham Lincoln's Constitutionalism, comparing the civil war and the current war on terror. The Symposium has been recognized as an officially endorsed event by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (.pdf).

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Schedule of Events

Herry V. Jaffa, Claremont McKenna College 

Panel I: Suspending Rights to Sustain Public Safety: Deciphering Wartime Suspensions of the Writ of Habeas Corpus by President Lincoln and Bush

Moderator: Dr. John Eastman, Chapman University School of Law

  • Jonathan Hafetz, New York University of Law
  • Kyndra Rotunda, Chapman University School of Law
  • Scott Sullivan, University of Texas
  • John Yoo, Chapman University School of Law

Panel II: What Would Lincoln Do? Constitutional Approaches to Wartime Finance and Economics

Moderator: Dr. Lynne M. Pierson Doti, Chapman University

  • Dr. Robert Auerbach, University of Texas
  • Dr. Michael A. Berstein, Tulane University
  • Timothy Canova, Chapman University School of Law
  • Dr. Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, San Jose State University

Panel III: Civil Liberties for Civil Rights: Justifying Wartime Decline of Civil Liberties by a Gain of Civil Rights

Moderator: Celestine Richards McConville, Chapman University School of Law

  • Marjorie Cohn, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • M. Katherine B. Darmer, Chapman University School of Law
  • Dr. Roger Pilon, Vice President of Legal Affairs – CATO Institute
  • Robert Pushaw, Pepperdine University School of Law