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  • Can Courts Save Democracy?

    In partnership with the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, the Center for Constitutional Design hosts a discussion on the ability of courts to halt democratic decay and support the institutions of democracy. Associate Professor and Deputy Director Tom Daly (Melbourne School of Government), Professor and Senior Fellow in Global Democracy Larry Diamond (Stanford University), and Professor Jeffrey K. Staton (Emory University) who co-authored the recently published Can Courts be Bulwarks of Democracy, make up the panel.

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  • Originalism and its Discontents

    ASU Law’s The Center for Constitutional Design hosted four constitutional law experts for a discussion and critique of originalism as a theory of constitutional interpretation and the future of constitutional analysis in U.S. Courts.

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  • State Level Conflicts

    Some state attorneys general played a major role in litigation over the results of the 2020 election, signing on to amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court alleging election fraud—even in their own states. At the same time, secretaries of state defended the results of their elections and often found themselves in conflict with attorneys general (or state solicitors) over the integrity of their states’ election results.

    From: Conference on Elections and Federalism

  • Electoral Adequacy

    Global institutions such as the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance advance criteria to measure and assess the adequacy of elections worldwide. Yet the U.S. is rarely subject to such assessments because it does not deploy a national electoral management body responsible for governing elections, among other reasons. Instead, the individual states manage the electoral process pursuant to the U.S. Constitution, Article I.

    From: Conference on Elections and Federalism

  • Double Edged Federalism

    This panel focuses on how federalism operates as a double-edged sword in the U.S. constitutional democracy. While state election officials acted to preserve and protect the integrity of elections in 2020, some state legislatures are now adopting laws that many believe serve to undermine the franchise. Unlike many other nations, the U.S. electoral system is decentralized and subject to state and local control.

    From: Conference on Elections and Federalism

  • The Fight For Democracy in 2024 Starts in 2022

    Sarah Longwell is a Co-Founder of Defending Democracy Together and executive director of the Republican Accountability Project. She is also the Publisher of The Bulwark. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family and is a graduate of Kenyon College.

    From: Conference on Elections and Federalism