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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Panel: Constitutional Design by Judiciary?

Constitutional Design Discussion Panel with Rosalind Dixon, Mark Tushnet, and Anna Su

Thursday, September 24, 2015
12:30 p.m.
Barat House
Boston College Law School

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  • Rosalind Dixon, University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law
  • Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School
  • Anna Su, University of Toronto Law School

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about the speakers


Rosalind Dixon is a Professor of Law, at the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law. She earned her BA and LLB from the University of New South Wales, and was an associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, the Hon. Murray Gleeson AC, before attending Harvard Law School, where she obtained an LLM and SJD. Her work focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional design, theories of constitutional dialogue and amendment, socio-economic rights and constitutional law and gender, and has been published in leading journals in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia, including the Cornell Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, International Journal of Constitutional Law, American Journal of Comparative Law, Osgoode Hall Law Journal,  Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and Sydney Law Review. She is co-editor, with Tom Ginsburg, of a leading handbook on comparative constitutional law, Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar, 2011), and a related volume, Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia (Edward Elgar, 2014), co-editor (with Mark Tushnet and Susan Rose-Ackermann) of the Edward Elgar series on Constitutional and Administrative Law, on the editorial board of the Public Law Review, and associate editor of the Constitutions of the World series for Hart publishing.  Dixon is a member of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and deputy director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Initiative on Law and Economics. She previously served as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Her areas of expertise include constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, constitutional design, constitutional amendment, socio-economic rights, and law and gender.


Professor Mark Tushnet, who graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, specializes in constitutional law and theory, including comparative constitutional law. His research includes studies examining (skeptically) the practice of judicial review in the United States and around the world. He also writes in the area of legal and particularly constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States and (currently) a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s.

Professor Tushnet's areas of interest include Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Civil Rights History; Legal History: Twentieth Century American Legal History; Constitutional Law; Comparative and Foreign Law: Comparative Constitutional Law; Legal History: Legal History of U.S. Slavery. His publications include The New Constitutional Order (Princeton University Press 2003), The Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies ( Mark Tushnet & Peter Cane eds., Oxford 2003), and "Defending Korematsu?: Reflections on Civil Liberties in Wartime," Wisconsin Law Review 273 (2003).


Anna Su's primary areas of research include the law and history of international human rights law, U.S. constitutional law (First Amendment), and law and religion. Her research has appeared in the Vanderbilt Law Review, the International Journal of Constitutional Law and the Journal of the History of International Law

Anna holds an SJD from Harvard Law School where her dissertation was awarded the John Laylin Prize for best paper in international law. She received her JD and AB degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Prior to coming to Toronto, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy based in SUNY Buffalo Law School, and a graduate fellowship in ethics with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. She worked as a law clerk for the Philippine Supreme Court and was a consultant to the Philippine government negotiating panel with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.