Scott Matheson, Jr., professor of law at the S.J. Quinney College of law and former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, will make a presentation on his new book Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times in Washington, D.C .on Wednesday, May 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
Matheson will be joined by Harvey Rishikof, Professor of National Security Law at the National War College. After Matheson’s presentation, Rishikof will provide commentary and lead a discussion focused on the serious constitutional concerns about individual liberties and assertions of executive power during wartime.
Presidential Constitutionalism in Perilous Times examines the appropriate scope of presidential power during a crisis, using examples from American history, including Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War; Woodrow Wilson’s enforcement of the Espionage Act of 1917 during World War I; Franklin D. Roosevelt’s evacuation and internment of West Coast Japanese during World War II; Harry S. Truman’s seizure of the steelmills during the Korean War; and George W. Bush’s torture, surveillance, and detention programs following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The May 27 event will be held in the 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. A reception will follow the reading and discussion.