During the last 20 years, some of the world’s most distinguished scholars have been invited to the law school to deliver a public lecture in memory of the late former dean Cecil A. Wright, who founded U of T’s modern law school.

The 2018-19 Wright Lecture

Mark Tushnet

Mark Tushnet
William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

“Institutions for Protecting Constitutional Democracy: Some Conceptual Preliminaries”

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
4:10pm to 6:00pm
Jackman Law Building, Room J140
78 Queen's Park


Professor Tushnet, who graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, specializes in constitutional law and theory, including comparative constitutional law. His research includes studies examining (skeptically) the practice of judicial review in the United States and around the world. He also writes in the area of legal and particularly constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States and (currently) a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s.

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See the Wright Lecture archives to find out more information about past lectures, including in some cases a description, the text, or a video of the lecture.