University of Washington
March 17, 2016, 4:30pm, Room C197
“Why Constitutional Government Requires International Human Rights Law”
Against those who criticize international human rights law as an infringement of constitutional democracy, Jamie Mayerfeld argues that it provides a necessary extension of checks and balances and therefore completes the domestic constitutional order. In today’s world, constitutional democracy is best understood as a cooperative project enlisting both domestic and international guardians to strengthen the protection of human rights. Reasons to support this view may be found in the political philosophy of James Madison, the principal architect of the U.S. Constitution.