Robert P. George

Robert P. George

Awards and Honors:
Presidential Citizens Medal

Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. A member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, he served as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and as a judicial fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he holds a doctorate in the philosophy of law from Oxford University and several honorary degrees. He is the author or coauthor of five books and editor of nine more. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Review of Politics, the Review of Metaphysics, and other scholarly journals, as well as in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, and National Review. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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THE HIGH (AND MIGHTY) COURT: Judicial Supremacy

with Lawrence Alexander, Robert P. Georgevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, October 27, 2003

Did the framers of the United States Constitution intend that the Supreme Court be the sole and final interpreter of the Constitution, with the power to place binding decisions on the executive and legislative branches? Or did they intend that the Supreme Court have the final say only on the legal cases that came before it, thus permitting the executive and legislative branches to have wide latitude in interpreting the Constitution for themselves? The former view, that of judicial supremacy, is the dominant view of the Supreme Court today, accepted, for the most part, both within government and in society more generally. Is this view supported by the Constitution? If not, why and when did it arise? Should we support judicial supremacy, or is it time to rein in the Supreme Court?