Transatlantic Law Forum: Citizenship in Europe and the United States
AEI Legal Center for the Public Interest
Council on Public Policy
About This Event

On both sides of the Atlantic, “citizenship” is the subject of vital and often contentious policy debates. In the United States, a nation famously founded on a creed rather than blood ties, the question of what it means to be an American citizen has always been central to the country’s self-understanding, and the citizenship question is closely tied to salient political debates over immigration, naturalization, and “identity politics.” European countries and the European Union (EU) wrestle with (at least) equally profound questions. Given that there is no European citizenship in any robust sense, can it be constructed--and if so, how and on what basis? Can there be democratic European institutions without European citizens? Should formerly sovereign nations tolerate Islamic law in some domains, perhaps on the principle that allows EU members to maintain their own laws on cultural and other matters--or would that step further compromise the promise of a common European identity and citizenship?

Prominent scholars, jurists, journalists, and policymakers from Europe and the United States will discuss these and related questions in a two-day conference sponsored by the AEI Legal Center’s Transatlantic Law Forum (TLF), an AEI joint venture with the Germany-based Council on Public Policy. The TLF provides a forum for scholars, lawyers, policymakers, journalists, and the interested public to deepen the understanding of constitutionalism and constitutional democracy in Europe and in the United States.

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Agenda

Thursday, October 16

8:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
9:00
Welcome:
Michael Zoeller, Council on Public Policy
9:05
Panel I:
Constitutional Patriotism
Presenters:
William Galston, Brookings Institution
Josef Joffe, Die Zeit
Discussants:
Marc Plattner, National Endowment for Democracy
Moderator:
Henry Olsen, AEI
10:45
Panel II:
European Citizenship?
Presenters:
Markus Kotzur, Leipzig University
Francesca Strumia, Harvard Law School
Discussant:
Francois-Henri Briard, Delaporte, Briard et Trichet
Moderator:
Judge Stephen Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
12:00 p.m.
Luncheon and Keynote Address
Speaker:
Judge Diane Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
2:00
Panel III:
Citizenship and the Legal Tradition
Presenters:
Bernd Ruethers, Universität Konstanz
Peter Schuck, Yale Law School
Discussant:
Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale Law School
Moderator:
Michael Zoeller, Council on Public Policy
3:45
Panel IV:
Citizenship, Rights, and Constitutional Structure
Presenters:
Robert R. Gasaway, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Ashley Parrish, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Adam Tomkins, University of Glasgow
Discussant:
R. Shep Melnick, Boston College
Moderator:
Michael S. Greve, AEI
5:15
Adjournment

Friday, October 17

8:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
9:00
Roundtable I:
The Public and Political Debate in the U.S.
Panelists:
Martin Klingst, Die Zeit
Peter Skerry, Boston College
Moderator:
Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, German Marshall Fund
10:45
Roundtable II:
The Public and Political Debate in Europe
Panelists:
Francois-Henri Briard, Delaporte, Briard et Trichet
Jürgen Kaube, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Robert von Rimscha, Free Democratic Party
Moderator:
Gerard Alexander, AEI
12:00 p.m.
Luncheon and Concluding Remarks
Speaker:
Kenneth W. Starr, Pepperdine School of Law
2:00
Adjournment
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