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Akhil Reed Amar

Akhil Reed Amar

Professor of Law, Yale University

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law at both Yale College and Yale Law School. He received his B.A, summa cum laude, in 1980 from Yale College, and his J.D. in 1984 from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of The Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985. Along with Dean Paul Brest and Professors Sanford Levinson, Jack Balkin, and Reva Siegel, Amar is the co-editor of a leading constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking. He is also the author of several books, including The Constitution and Criminal Procedure: First Principles (1997), The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (1998), America’s Constitution: A Biography (2005), and most recently, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By (2012).

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Legally and constitutionally, Obama's Libya policy is on firm ground.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Akhil Reed Amar’s lecture on the presidency and foreign policy at the Foreign Policy Association.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The 2010 Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy conference explores the Obama administration's approach to combating terrorism, safeguarding national security, and protecting civil liberties. (Amar begins at 73:00.)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Original intent for liberals (and for conservatives and moderates, too).

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Akhil Reed Amar contends that the written Constitution points to an unwritten one, and he argues that we can interpret with both intellectual honesty and analytical rigor.

Friday, December 21, 2012