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The President Who Would Not Be King: Executive Power and the Constitution

Michael McConnell, Stanford Law School

November 28, 2018 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · 101 Friend Center

Tanner Lectures on Human Values

The first of two Tanner lectures by Michael McConnell, Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, is titled “Executive Power and the Constitution.” It will address the important issues facing separation of powers today, including the problem of the administrative state.  He will present a new approach to the delegation question, including a presidentialist view of supervision of executive officers and an anti-presidentialist view of non-enforcement.


Commentators: Gillian Metzger (Columbia Law School), Eric Nelson (Harvard University), Jeffrey Tulis (University of Texas at Austin), and Amanda Tyler (Berkeley Law)


The second lecture titled “Executive Power at Home and Abroad,” will be delivered on November 29 at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM in 101 Friend Center.


The Tanner Lectures on Human Values are presented annually at a select list of universities around the world. The University Center for Human Values serves as host to these lectures at Princeton, in which an eminent scholar from philosophy, religion, the humanities, sciences, creative arts or learned professions, or a person eminent in political or social life, is invited to present a series of lectures reflecting upon scholarly and scientific learning relating to “the entire range of values pertinent to the human condition.”


Co-sponsored by the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, Department of Politics and the Department of Religion.


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