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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Trump, Brexit, and the Future of Politics

a panel discussion

Trump, Brexit, and the Future of Politics

Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:15 p.m.
Stokes Hall, Room S195

This event is free and open to the public.

about the event

Part of a two-day conference on The Future of European Constitutionalism, scholars and experts in the field of European constitutionalism, as well as constitutional jurisprudence come together to engage in the meaning making of the Brexit and election of Donald Trump. Panelists will bring forth discussions on the EU's ability to shape the rest of the world in its laws and regulations, in addition to a discussion on nation-state sovereignty and the duality of its supranational influence. 


about the speakers

Anu Bradford Headshot

Anu Bradford is the Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia Law School. She is also a Director of the European Legal Studies Center. Her research and teaching focus on international trade law, European Union law, and comparative and international antitrust law. Before joining the Law School faculty in 2012, she was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She has also taught at Harvard College, Brandeis University, and the University of Helsinki.

Bradford earned her S.J.D. degree in 2007 and LL.M. degree in 2002 from Harvard Law School, and also holds a law degree from the University of Helsinki. After completing her LL.M. studies as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, Bradford practiced antitrust law and EU law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in Brussels for two years before returning to Harvard for her doctoral studies. She has also served as an adviser on economic policy in the Parliament of Finland and as an expert assistant to a member of the European Parliament. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named Bradford a Young Global Leader.

Bojan Bugarič Headshot

An Associate Professor of Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Bojan Bugarič has published numerous articles on comparative constitutional law, comparative administrative law, European Union Law and law and development. His most recent publications include an article called Law and Development in Central and Eastern Europe: Neoliberal Development State and its Problems published by Cambridge University Press.

Bugarič is a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies, working on his book project Authoritarianism versus Democracy in Post Communist Europe. The book will examine why constitutional democracies in Central and Eastern Europe struggle to maintain the rule of law as they face the challenges of the Euro crisis. His work will examine what makes institutions in Western democracies more resilient.

Bugarič served as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of the Interior in the Slovenian government from 2000-2004. He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1998. He holds a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Law from UCLA.

Daniel Kanstroom Headshot


Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law and Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School, where he teaches Immigration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, and Administrative Law. He is co-director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice and co-founder of the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, which seeks to conceptualize and develop a new field of law while representing US deportees abroad. He founded the Boston College Immigration and Asylum clinic in which students represent indigent migrants and asylum-seekers. Together with his students, he has provided counsel for hundreds of clients, won dozens of immigration and asylum cases, and authored amicus briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts in immigration and human rights cases.

Professor Kanstroom has published widely in the fields of U.S. immigration law, human rights, criminal law, and European citizenship and asylum law.  He is the author of Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora  (Oxford University Press 2012) and Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History (Harvard University Press 2007). His most recent edited book, with psychologist M. Brinton Lykes, is The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses (NYU Press 2015).  He is also the co-editor, with sociologist Cecilia Menjivar, of Constructing Illegality (Cambridge University Press 2013).

His articles, book reviews and op-eds have appeared in such venues as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the UCLA Law Review, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the French Gazette du Palais.

Professor Kanstroom has taught at many universities including The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, American University, the University of Paris, Northeastern School of Law, King’s College, London, the University of Hawai’i, and Vermont Law School.

He was a member of the national Immigration Commission of the American Bar Association.



Kenneth Kersch Headshot

Ken Kersch is professor of political science, with additional appointments in the university’s history department and law school. His primary interests are American political and constitutional development, American political thought, and the politics of courts. Kersch is the recipient of the American Political Science Association's Edward S. Corwin Award (2000), the J. David Greenstone Prize (2006) from APSA's politics and history section, and the Hughes-Gossett Award from the Supreme Court Historical Society (2006).

Professor Kersch has published many articles in academic, intellectual, and popular journals. He is the author of The Supreme Court and American Political Development (Kansas, 2006) (with Ronald Kahn), Constructing Civil Liberties: Discontinuities in the Development of American Constitutional Law (Cambridge, 2004), and Freedom of Speech: Rights and Liberties Under the Law (ABC-Clio, 2003). He is currently completing a book entitled Conservatives and the Constitution: From Brown to Reagan (Cambridge University Press).

Professor Kersch is member of the bar of New York, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. He received his B.A. (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Williams College, his J.D. (cum laude and Order of the Coif) from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.

Kersch has been a visiting professor at Harvard University (2008) and Bowdoin College (2015). From 2008 – 2012, he was Founding Director of the BC’s Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. Prior to coming to Boston, Kersch was the inaugural Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions (2001-2002), faculty associate in the Madison Program and the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA), and assistant professor of politics (2003-2007) at Princeton University.