• Constitutional Law Research at Notre Dame

    Faculty engages foundational questions of constitutional structure.

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  • Notre Dame Program of Study in Public Law

    A foundational course of study for students interested in constitutional law.

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  • Two NDLS Grads Accept Supreme Court Clerkships

    This summer, two NDLS graduates, Ryan Snyder and Megan Dillhoff, will begin clerkships at the Supreme Court of the United States

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Welcome to the Program on Constitutional Structure

Anthony Bellia

Welcome to the Notre Dame Law School Program on Constitutional Structure. Our Program helps Notre Dame law students obtain a world-class education in constitutional law. We host events at our South Bend and London campuses to examine pressing constitutional questions of domestic and global importance. We serve federal and state courts by educating first-rate judicial law clerks, litigants, and other public servants.

Our mission is to advance inter-disciplinary learning about how sound constitutional structures of government advance individual well-being and the common good. We support curricular programs of study, sponsor academic lectures and conferences, and engage with questions of constitutional development worldwide. By promoting the study of constitutional structures, we serve the needs of our students, the broader academic community, and the bench and bar—here and abroad. Learn more here about our Program, including our students and faculty, our Public Law Program of Study, upcoming events, and faculty research. And then contact us and let us know if we can serve you.


Professor A.J. Bellia Joins Justice Scalia on Panel Addressing Role of History

Professor A.J. Bellia joined Justice Antonin Scalia on a panel discussing the role of history in the field of Federal Courts at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools (“AALS”).

The panel, sponsored by the Federal Courts Section of the AALS, considered the extent to which courts should rely on history in deciding questions of federal judicial power.   

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NDLS Hosts Andrea Pin as Visiting Professor of European Union Law

Andrea Pin

Andrea Pin (PhD, University of Turin, Italy) was a fall 2014 Notre Dame Kellogg Institute for International Studies visiting fellow. He is senior lecturer at the University of Padua, where he teaches constitutional law, comparative public law, and Islamic law.  His interests include constitutionalism in Middle East as well as on comparative perspectives on religious liberty, constitutional interpretation, and federalism. While at Notre Dame, he was also a visiting professor of European Union law at the Notre Dame Law School.

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Fri Feb 6, 2015

US-UK Conference--The Common Law in an Age of Regulation

Location: Notre Dame London

Notre Dame Law Professors A.J. Bellia and Jeff Pojanowski will host a conference, “The Common Law in an Age of Regulation," on February 6, 2015 at the Notre Dame London Law Centre.  The world's legal systems that claim the common law as their heritage operate today in an age of increasing statutory and administrative regulation. The conference will gather scholars from Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States to consider six papers that address the role of the common law in an age of regulation.  …

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Professor Richard Garnett will Participate as a Panelist at the Rehnquist Court: Ten Years Later Conference

Location: University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Professor Richard Garnett, Director of the NDLS Program on Church, State & Society, will be one of the panelists at the Rehnquist Court: Ten Years Later conference on February 6 presented by the William H. Rehnquist Center on the Constitutional Structures of Government, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. Professor Garnett will be participating on The First Amendment and Religion panel.  Read more about the conference here.

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