Professor Michael Ramsey Serves as a Commentator at Stanford Constitutional Law Center Lecture

Michael Ramsey Serves as a Commentator at Stanford Constitutional Law Center Lecture

Professor Michael D. Ramsey

SAN DIEGO (January 24, 2023) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Class of 1975 Endowed Professor and Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, Michael D. Ramsey, recently served as a commentator for a lecture hosted by Stanford Law School.

The lecture, "How To Choose A Theory of Constitutional Interpretation," was delivered by Cass R. Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. The lecture was hosted by the Stanford Constitutional Law Center which is directed by Stanford Law Professor and former Tenth Circuit Judge Michael McConnell. Professor Ramsey and other top constitutional law professors considered several questions concerning theories of constitutional interpretation.

Specifically, the commentators examined theories of constitutional interpretation that seem to call for results that are inconsistent with “fixed points” in constitutional law. These “fixed points” are understood as particular holdings, such as Brown v. Board of Education, to which people have exceedingly strong commitments. The commentators considered whether a theory of constitutional interpretation that would lead to the rejection of fixed points inherently has a strike against it.

Read more about the lecture and discussion here.

About Professor of Law Michael Ramsey

Professor Michael Ramsey teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, foreign relations law, and international business law. He is the author of The Constitution’s Text in Foreign Affairs (Harvard University Press), co-editor of International Law in the U.S. Supreme Court: Continuity and Change (Cambridge University Press), and co-author of two casebooks, Transnational Law and Practice (Wolters Kluwer 2d ed. 2020) and International Business Transactions: A Problem-Oriented Coursebook (13th ed., West 2019). His scholarly articles have appeared in publications such as the Yale Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the American Journal of International Law.

Professor Ramsey received his B.A. magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and his J.D. summa cum laude from Stanford Law School. Prior to teaching, he served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the Honorable Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court, and practiced international business law with the firm of Latham & Watkins. Professor Ramsey taught as a visiting professor at the University of California San Diego department of political science and at the University of Paris-Sorbonne department of comparative law. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1995.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 30th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 28th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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