The Stanford Constitutional Law Center was founded in 2006 by Kathleen M. Sullivan, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, after she stepped down as the Dean of the Law School. The Center focused particularly on the separation and scope of legislative, executive, and judicial powers; the structure of constitutional democracy; the freedoms of speech, press, and academic research; and the right of privacy, including the privacy of personal data in a digital world.
The Stanford Constitutional Law Center grows out of the long and distinguished tradition of constitutional law scholarship at Stanford Law School. The Center seeks to carry on this tradition through a program of conferences, lectures, informal “Constitutional Conversations,” and fellowships. The Center has no politics and takes no sides on controversial cases—but it is committed to the rule of law and the idea that the Constitution can be studied and interpreted objectively, in light of its text, history, and purposes. It advances this mission through events and activities that foster scholarship, generate public discussion, and provide opportunities for students and scholars to engage in analysis of the Constitution across the ideological spectrum.
To learn more about the Constitutional Law Center, please view our informational flyer.
Roberto Perrone, a visiting fellow at the Constitutional Law Center in 2011-12, has won the University of Insubria-Gruppo di Pisa Prize for the best Italian PhD thesis in Constitutional and Public Law (“Premio per la miglior tesi di dottorato in materie giuspubblicistiche”). The thesis, based largely on research completed at the Constitutional Law Center, is titled “Public Morality as a Limitation to Constitutional Rights: Perspectives and Issues” (“Il buon costume come limite ai diritti: prospettive e problematiche”), and it will be published by Italian publisher Editoriale Scientifica in the book series “Sovranità, Federalismo, Diritti” (“Sovereignty, Federalism, Rights”).