2010-11 Symposium

Reflections on Progressive Constitutionalism: Theory, Practice, & Critique
April 15, 2011 | Saxbe Audito

This Symposium is an engagement with “progressive constitutionalism.”

Broadly understood, “progressive constitutionalism” encompasses a number of projects that critically assess the U.S. Supreme Court’s practice of judicial review, including its understanding of judicial supremacy, in matters of constitutional interpretation.

How, exactly, do these projects fit together? Do they constitute parts of a larger whole? How does progressive constitutionalism relate to more conventionally “liberal” versions of constitutionalism that also claim a “progressive” mantle? How do they line up with “conservative” theories of judicial review that are skeptical about the preeminent place of the Supreme Court in basic matters of national governance?

This year’s Ohio State Law Journal Symposium is a day-long exploration of the theory, the practice, and critiques of progressive constitutionalism, joined by some of the country’s leading and emerging lights in law, history, and political theory.


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies
  • Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity
  • Law School Democrats
  • American Constitution Society
  • Moritz College of Law Legislation Clinic