Sir Christopher Greenwood, Turley and Others To Speak At Constitutional Conference

200px-UVU_SealJudge-Greenwood-1-240x300I have the honor today and tomorrow of speaking at the Utah Valley University’s annual Constitutional Conference sponsored by The Center for Constitutional Studies. The CCS, under Director Rick Griffin, has blossomed into an extraordinary center for intellectual exchange in Orem, Utah with figures regularly brought from all over the world to discuss a myriad of legal and policy questions. This conference is particularly fortunate to have a group of diverse academics and lawyers, including Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Judge on the International Court of Justice. Sir Christopher will give a keynote address entitled “The Powers and Privileges of U.S. Presidents Abroad under International Law.” He is one of the truly towering figures in international law.

I was fortunate enough to have dinner with Sir Christopher and Lady Susan Greenwood at Sundance last night with the other speakers. While it was still pouring cats and dogs, it remains one of the prettiest locations in this beautiful state. Like all English jurists, he came to the bench with an extensive practice and academic background. He was Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and a practising barrister who argued more than forty cases before the English courts, International Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights and other international tribunals. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999 and made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to public international law in 2002.

At 1 p.m. I will speak on Executive Power in the 21st Century and will be joined on a panel by Louis Fisher, Scholar in Residence at the Constitution Project; Former Library of Congress Senior Specialist in Separation of Powers (Congressional Research Service, from 1970 to 2006) and Specialist in Constitutional Law (the Law Library, from 2006 to 2010). Also on the panel will be Michael Stokes Paulsen, distinguished university chair and professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Fisher The panel will be moderated by Benjamin Kleinerman, associate professor of constitutional studies and democracy at James Madison College at Michigan State University. I will then chair a panel at 3 p.m. with Fisher, Paulson and David Moore, professor of law at Brigham Young University, on the expansion of presidential powers.

On Thursday, I will speak again on Abraham Lincoln’s use of presidential powers. I will be joined by Jennifer Weber, an associate professor of history at the University of Kansas who has written a book on the Copperheads during the Civil War. Fisher will chair the panel. You can go to for a full schedule of events and registration information.

17 thoughts on “Sir Christopher Greenwood, Turley and Others To Speak At Constitutional Conference”

  1. The same Christopher Greenwood that is/was servile to the British Government and attempted to legally justify the Iraq War? Impressive? Not so much…

    Rule of law for who is always the question. Greenwood doesn’t actually think the law should be applied against the people he serves. He attempted to justify a war crime and got rewarded for it. Rule of law exists… really?

  2. Professor Turley, I would be so very interested in your speech about Abraham Lincoln’s use of Presidential powers. I hope you post it on your blog for us to read.

  3. forgotwhoiam, righty. Plus the pope will pour his thoughts out next week while the bible is full of ‘property’ rights. Some old lady scrapped together ‘her’ pennies and ‘gave’…. But if we look to the bible for property rights we’ll get screwed by the new 6od….commies.

  4. I guess they will probably be talking about their successes and failures on protecting the Constitution where six hours has been slated for their Constitutional failures and fifteen minutes on their successes.

    It’s always nice to get the Brits involved, after all, “We The People” created the original Constitution because of them.

  5. I have a friend in Philly. The mayor is quietly rounding up all the usual suspects and unpleasant people. Also, giving a spit shine to decrepit areas. All this in preparation for his Eminence, the Pope. I surmise that’s what has been happening here as well.

  6. I do not look to Brits with wigs on their heads to clue me in about our Constitutional rights. I do not like Brits at all. We had a Revolution to be free from them. Bunch of phonies. Go worship your Queeny. With or without your we—-,

  7. See if you can find freedom, free enterprise and the right to private property in the founding documents. See if those rights don’t preclude the fundamental principles of communism: central planning, social engineering and redistribution of wealth (any and all forms). See if the American Revolution did not overturn a monarchical government making the People the new Sovereign and the government the subject of the new Sovereign. See if the Preamble, Constitution and Bill of Rights did not establish freedom and eliminate dictatorship (monarchs or intellectual elitists), including the “dictatorship of the proletariat.” See if the American thesis is no more complex than freedom and self-reliance.

    It’s really quite simple.

  8. Interesting. Hopefully there will be a publication of the discussions for us peons to read. Has anyone ever considered (speaking of presidential powers) that President Lincoln neither needed nor sought judicial warrants to target and kill American citizens who were carrying on a war against the United States?

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