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Chavez Opponent, Other International Speakers Address Judicial Topics

One of the most outspoken opponents of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez will visit Duquesne University during an international seminar on judicial review.

Allan R. Brewer-Carias, a professor of law at Columbia University Law School in New York City, former Minister of Decentralization and a member of the National Constituent Assembly of 1999, will be among 15 renowned speakers to address the topic of Judicial Review in the Americas... and Beyond.

The two-day seminar, sponsored by the Duquesne University School of Law, in cooperation with the Inter-American Bar Association, is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. U.S. attorneys are eligible to receive up to 12 Continuing Legal Education credits.

Judicial Review in the Americas… and Beyond will feature top jurists providing insights into judicial review processes in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Germany, Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil and Peru, and will provide an overview of judicial review in these countries. For a full program and biographies of speakers, visit www.duq.edu and search for “judicial review” or call 412.396.6282.

Judicial review can be the last word. The powerful ability of the court to question laws themselves can wither any statute, overturn executive orders and bend an executive to the court’s will if it believes a law violates the constitution.

The practice of judicial review is telling for each country, exposing much about the theory and practice of law in that nation, according to Robert S. Barker, seminar chairman and Distinguished Professor of Law at Duquesne. Thus, examining judicial review, nation by nation, is important to both scholars and to practitioners alike.

“Ever since the Supreme Court’s epic decision in 1803 Marbury v. Madison, judicial review of the constitutionality of statues and other governmental actions has been an integral part of the law and politics of the United States,” Barker explained. “While particular exercises of judicial review have often provoked legal and political controversy, the desirability of judicial review itself has rarely been questioned.”

In the United States, the landmark Marbury v. Madison case set the precedent for judicial review by the U.S. Supreme Court and established the court as an equal among the other branches of government.

To arrange advance interviews or coverage of the event, contact Duquesne’s Public Affairs Office.

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