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The supreme court justice joins the award-winning broadcaster for a penetrating discussion about today’s most pressing legal issues: the Court’s attitude to presidential power – and how the Court decides whether the President has overstepped the limits of the Constitution; the death penalty; gun control; whether foreign law has a place in interpreting the American Constitution, and how, in an increasingly interconnected world, the court is obliged to understand and consider circumstances beyond America’s borders.

A book signing follows the event.

Each ticket includes a copy of The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.


This event is endowed by Michelle and Norman Lattman.

Brief Bios

Stephen Breyer is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a graduate of Stanford University, Oxford University and the Harvard Law School. He taught law for many years as a professor at Harvard and at the Kennedy School of Government. He worked as a Supreme Court law clerk for Justice Arthur Goldberg, a Justice Department lawyer in the antitrust division, an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor and Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked closely with Senator Edward M. Kennedy to pass the Airline Deregulation Act. In 1980 he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President Carter, becoming Chief Judge in 1990. In 1994 he was appointed a Supreme Court Justice by President Clinton. He has written books and articles about administrative law, economic regulation and constitutional law, including Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View and The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities.

Charlie Rose has been anchor and executive editor of Charlie Rose, a nightly one-hour program that engages in one-on-one, in-depth conversations and round-table discussions since it first aired in 1991. The series appears nightly on PBS and in primetime on Bloomberg Television in the US and around the world. He recently launched Charlie Rose: The Week, chronicling the best stories and interviews of the past seven days. He also co-anchors CBS This Morning and is a contributing correspondent to 60 Minutes. Mr. Rose won an Emmy Award and Peabody Prize for his 2013 interview with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, and he was named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. In 2015 he received the Walter Cronkite Excellence in Journalism Award, and his other honors include the Legion d’honneur, the 2014 Vincent Scully Prize, and numerous awards from the scientific and journalism communities. His website is

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