Introduction


“I think  the text of the Constitution itself

at various key places signals its awareness

of the need to go beyond the text in order

to complete the text.”


Part Two: Invitation (above)—The Constitution’s invitation to understand it and how this relates to issues like privacy and the Supreme Court’s review of same-sex marriage.


Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. He teaches Constitutional Law at Yale College and Yale Law School. His new book, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents & Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012), explores how we understand and interpret the words of the Constitution.


Part One: (Un)written—Describing the book, why Professor Amar wrote it and his idea that we can all do Constitutional interpretation.


Part Three: Extent—What makes up the unwritten Constitution and how far does it reach.


Part Four: Limit—How the unwritten Constitution supplements—but not supplants—the written Constitution.


Part Five: Meaning—What the unwritten Constitution means to forming “a more perfect Union.”


To watch the interview in its entirety, please visit GWorks Interviews: Akhil Reed Amar (Complete)

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Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, Professor Amar teaches Constitutional Law and Yale College and Yale Law School. His latest book, America’s Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents & Principles We Live By (Basic Books, 2012), explores how we understand and interpret the words of the Constitution.


GWorks Interviews: Akhil Reed Amar (Complete)

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The GWorks Interview in its entirety


Part One: (Un)written

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Describing the book, why he wrote it and his idea that we all can make and evaluate Constitutional arguments.


Part Two: Invitation

Thursday 29 November 2012

The written Constitution itself invites an “unwritten Constitution”—and how—and how this relates to issues like privacy, equality & the Supreme Court's review of same-sex marriage.


Part Three: Extent

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What makes up the unwritten Constitution and how far does it reach.


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How the unwritten Constitution supplements—but not supplants—the written Constitution.


Part Five: Meaning

Tuesday 11 December 2012

What the unwritten Constitution means to forming “a more perfect Union.”



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