Transatlantic Law Forum: Constitutionalism in Crisis

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Please note: this event is being held in Hamburg, Germany.


The Transatlantic Law Forum (TLF) will host its fifth annual conference on October 28–29 at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. The topic of the conference is “Constitutionalism in Crisis?”

Both in the United States and in Europe, a rapid succession of economic and political crises has prompted a widespread sense that our political institutions seem ill-equipped to address urgent problems with the requisite effectiveness and resolve. Some of those problems are particular to the European Union and the United States; others, such as the financial crisis and the challenge of sustaining expansive health, welfare, and pension systems under increasingly difficult demographic and economic conditions, have manifested themselves on both sides of the Atlantic. And on both sides, citizens’ apprehensions have a profound constitutional dimension. American voters worry that their constitutional system is being eroded by partisan strife, intransigent interest groups, and irresponsible politics. Europe’s ever-closer union finds itself confronted with an existential crisis.

At the TLF conference, prominent experts from the United States and Europe will discuss a wide range of constitutional and institutional questions that will benefit from a candid, informed transatlantic dialogue and examination. The conference program that follows contains information on the conference schedule, panel topics, and speakers.

The conference, like several earlier TLF events, is co-sponsored by the Federalist Society. The TLF gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Bucerius Law School, American Friends of Bucerius, the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation, and an anonymous sponsor.
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Nicholas
Eberstadt
  • Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and a demographer by training, is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research, a member of the visiting committee at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Global Leadership Council at the World Economic Forum. He researches and writes extensively on economic development, foreign aid, global health, demographics, and poverty. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles on North and South Korea, East Asia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. His books range from The End of North Korea (AEI Press, 1999) to The Poverty of the Poverty Rate (AEI Press, 2008).

     

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Alex J.
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  • Alex J. Pollock is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies and writes about housing finance; government-sponsored enterprises, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks; retirement finance; and banking and central banks. He also works on corporate governance and accounting standards issues.


    Pollock has had a 35-year career in banking and was president and CEO of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago for more than 12 years immediately before joining AEI. A prolific writer, he has written numerous articles on financial systems and is the author of the book “Boom and Bust: Financial Cycles and Human Prosperity” (AEI Press, 2011). He has also created a one-page mortgage form to help borrowers understand their mortgage obligations.


    The lead director of CME Group, Pollock is also a director of the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and the chairman of the board of the Great Books Foundation. He is a past president of the International Union for Housing Finance.


    He has an M.P.A. in international relations from Princeton University, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Williams College.


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    Email: apollock@aei.org
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