Jack Goldsmith, Harvard Law School

The Accountable Presidency After 9/11

Date: 
Thu, 03/29/2012
Location: 
4:30 PM, 219 Aaron Burr Hall
Event Category: 
Public Speaker
Audience: 
Public

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Please join us for a public lecture with Jack Goldsmith, the Henry L. Shattuck Professor at Harvard Law School, to discuss his new book, Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11.

Goldsmith, who served under Bush and led a Justice Department rebellion against warrantless NSA surveillance, will challenge the conventional wisdom that 9/11 sounded the death knell for presidential accountability. In his new book, Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency After 9/11, Goldsmith argues that the novel powers that our post-9/11 commanders in chief have assumed have been held in check by thousands of barely visible legal and political constraints. Congress and its committees, government lawyers and auditors, courts, the media, and NGOs, he says, have transformed our unprecedentedly powerful presidency into one that is also unprecedentedly accountable, and collectively they have preserved the Framers' idea of a balanced Constitution despite the vast increase in presidential power made necessary by the age of permanent war.

Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches and writes about national security law, presidential power, cybersecurity, international law, internet law, foreign relations law, and conflict of laws. Before coming to Harvard, Professor Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel from 2003-2004, and Special Counsel to the Department of Defense from 2002-2003.