Philip A. Hart Memorial Lecture
The Philip A. Hart Memorial Lectureship was established at Georgetown Law by the family and friends of Philip A. Hart, a distinguished U.S. Senator and Georgetown alumnus. A prominent scholar or professional is invited to deliver the lecture each year to promote continued dialogue on topics that were of special interest to Sen. Hart.


Submissions from 2013

The Strange History of The BIll of Rights, Pauline Maier

Submissions from 2012


A Journey from the Heart of Apartheid Darkness Towards a Just Society: Salient Features of the Budding Constitutionalism and Jurisprudence of South Africa, Dikgang Moseneke

Submissions from 2011


Courts, Social Change, and Political Backlash, Michael Klarman

Submissions from 2010


Constitutionalism: A Skeptical View, Jeremy Waldron

Submissions from 2009


Constitutional Law and International Law: National Exceptionalism and the Democratic Deficit?, Michael Kirby

Submissions from 2008


The Future of International Criminal Justice, Richard Goldstone

Submissions from 2007

Human Rights in Times of Terror: A Judicial Point of View, Aharon Barak

Submissions from 2006


The Refund Booth: Using the Principle of Symmetric Information to Improve Campaign Finance Regulation, Ian Ayres and Bruce Ackerman

Submissions from 2005

The Structure of Academic Freedom, Robert C. Post

Submissions from 2004

Equality in the American Constitution, Guido Calabresi

Submissions from 2003

Will Anybody Know Who I Am? On Education, Justice, and Respect, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot

Submissions from 2002

The Internet’s Coming Silent Spring, Lawrence Lessig

Submissions from 2001


Welfare, Children and Families: The Impact of Welfare Reform in the New Economy, William Julius Wilson

Submissions from 1998


Religious Freedom as if Religion Matters: A Tribute to Justice Brennan, Stephen L. Carter

Submissions from 1997


The Role of the World Bank in Controlling Corruption, Susan Rose-Ackerman

Submissions from 1996

Do Curators Have Anything to Learn from Lawyers?, Michael Heyman

Submissions from 1994

Thinking in an Emergency, Elaine Scarry

Submissions from 1993

Life’s Dominion: An Argument About Abortion and Euthanasia, Ronald Dworkin

Submissions from 1992


The Questions of Authority, Frederick Schauer

Submissions from 1991


Marital Exits and Marital Expectations in Nineteenth Century America, Hendrik A. Hartog

Submissions from 1990

Government, Political Parties, and Liberal Democracy in the New Europe, Jean Blondel

Submissions from 1989


A ‘Non-Power’ Looks at Separation of Powers, Alan B. Morrison

Submissions from 1988

Some Call It ‘The Right to Die’, Yale Kamisar

Submissions from 1987


The Decline of Cause, Judith Jarvis Thomson

Submissions from 1986

Does the Criminal Law Have Much to Do with Crime?, John Kaplan

Submissions from 1985


The Nativity Scene Case: An Error of Judgment, Norman Dorsen and Charles Sims

Submissions from 1984

The Training of Lawyers: From Bar Exam Passage to Full Lawyer Proficiency, Albert M. Sacks

Submissions from 1983

Why Is the Federal Income Tax so Complicated?, Boris I. Bittker

Submissions from 1982

Federalism–Old and New–and the Federal Courts, Carl McGowan

Submissions from 1980

The Role of the Solicitor General in Shaping Issues for the Supreme Court, Wade H. McCree