The Constitution and Emergency
February 9, 2005. Walter E. Edge Lecture
Should we expect the government to follow the same constitutional principles during periods of crisis as periods of calm? Do we have a continuous constitution or one that must bend to perceived emergency? Which branch of government should define the trigger and scope of that emergency? How is our Constitution like and unlike those of other nations on these questions? Has the government’s response to the events of 9/11 kept faith with or altered our Constitution?Sullivan’s lecture will address these questions with special attention to our constitutional traditions of due process, equal protection, and privacy from government surveillance in the absence of individualized suspicion.