Conference on Executive Power

CCS Conference on Executive Power

Constitutional Conference on Executive Power

On Sept. 16 and 17, Utah Valley University's Center for Constitutional Studies will host its annual Constitution Week Conference. This conference on executive power will feature discussions on the history, role, and limits on the use of executive power.

"The role and power of the executive is one of the most important legal and constitutional issues shaping today's political landscape," said Interim Director Andrew Bibby in regard to this year's topic.

Andrew Bibby Joins the Center for Constitutional Studies

Andrew Bibby, Ph.D., recently joined UVU as interim director for the Center for Constitutional Studies. After four years of remarkable leadership, the center's former director, Rick Griffin, Ph.D., has taken a sabbatical to complete a book on George Washington and national government.

Before joining UVU, Bibby was a visiting assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow in the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University. There he taught courses on the origins and evolution of the American experiment, and assisted and directed programming on America's founding principles and history, national security, and the moral foundations of capitalism. Previously he was senior research associate at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton.

Influential Scholars and Panel Discussions

The conference will begin Sept. 16 with a keynote address by Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood, a judge on the International Court of Justice. He will discuss "The Powers and Privileges of U.S. Presidents Abroad Under International Law."

Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood

Greenwood taught at Cambridge for nearly 20 years before being appointed chair of international law at the London School of Economics in 1996. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1999 and made a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George for services to public international law in 2002. In 2008 he was elected judge. His publications include 80 volumes of the International Law Reports (joint editor with Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC).

Following Greenwood are panel discussions on the presidential interpretations of the constitution and the expansion of presidential war powers. On Sept. 17 the conference will conclude with a final panel discussion on Abraham Lincoln's use of presidential powers.

Conference Panel Members

Jonathan Turley

Jonathan Turley

Turley is a professor of law at George Washington University. In 1998 he was given the prestigious Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law and became the youngest chaired professor in the school's history. He is a nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law.


Louis Fisher

Louis Fisher

Fisher is a scholar in residence at the Constitution Project and a visiting professor at the William and Mary law school. Previously he worked 40 years at the Library of Congress as senior specialist in separation of powers and specialist in constitutional law. His specialties include constitutional law, war powers, budget policy, executive-legislative relations and judicial-congressional relations.


Michael Stokes Paulsen

Michael Stokes Paulsen

Paulsen is a distinguished university chair and professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He is among the nation's leading scholars of constitutional interpretation. His publications include articles in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Chicago Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal and many others.


Benjamin Kleinerman

Benjamin Kleinerman

Kleinermen is an associate professor of constitutional democracy at James Madison College, Michigan State University. His current research focuses on the relationship between executive power and the constitutional order. He has published articles on this subject in Perspectives on Politics, American Political Science Review, Texas Law Review and several edited volumes including Nomos and The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln.


David Moore

David Moore

Moore is a professor of law at Brigham Young University and scholar of U.S. foreign relations law, international law, and human rights. His writings have been published in the Harvard, Columbia, Virginia, and Northwestern Law Reviews, among others. He is a member of the American Law Institute.


Jennifer Weber

Jennifer Weber

Weber is an associate professor of history at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. Her work is noted for its examination of how military, political, and social forces affected each other during the war. Her book, "Copperheads," looked at the antiwar democrats in the North and changed our understanding of the political pressures that Lincoln faced.

Attend the CCS Conference

The constitutional conference is free and open to the public. It will provide a great opportunity to meet and interact with some of the most influential and dynamic scholars in the fields of constitutional law, legal theory and political science.

Visit the Center for Constitutional Studies website for more information and a complete schedule of events.