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  • Jamie Raskin.

    Will anything come of Jan. 6 hearings?

    November 30, 2022

    Jamie Raskin, a member of the House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, previews the committee's final report, sketches out possible legal charges, and discusses proposals for election-process changes.

  • Change the Senate

    November 29, 2022

    Constitutional law expert Vicki Jackson argues that the disproportionate voting power of smaller states in the U.S. Senate creates a ‘significant democratic deficit.’

  • Enshrine an affirmative right to vote

    November 21, 2022

    Tomiko Brown-Nagin argues that a Constitutional amendment enshrining the right to vote would demonstrate ‘absolute commitment’ to full participation in U.S. democracy.

  • Let’s fix how we fix the Constitution

    November 14, 2022

    Constitutional law expert Sanford Levinson on the ‘enduring dysfunctionality’ of Article V.

  • A woman in a red dress speaking David Wilkins in the background

    No C-suite is an island

    September 21, 2022

    During the daylong conference “Reimagining the Role of Business in the Public Square,” panelists weighed the responsibilities corporations have to the country and exchanged ideas about how to move firms further on their environmental, social, and governance — or ESG — pledges.

  • Stephen Breyer seated in a light colored chair in front of a crimson backdrop.

    Breyer offers advice on being on losing side

    September 12, 2022

    In his first Harvard event since retiring from the Supreme Court in June, former Associate Justice Stephen Breyer spoke to incoming Harvard Law students about his time on the court, the job that most shaped his career as a jurist, and why his questions at oral argument were so famously idiosyncratic.

  • White House in spring

    New book looks at how Trump has remade the presidency

    February 4, 2020

    In “Unmaking the Presidency,” HLS lecturer on law Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey ’13 say Trump has bucked norms and expanded power, but whether others will follow his lead is unclear.

  • Nancy Pelosi stands holding the gavel during impeachment vote against President Trump.

    Minow, Gordon-Reed probe what impeachment means and where it leads

    December 19, 2019

    To gain a better understanding of the issues in play following the House impeachment of President Donald Trump, the Harvard Gazette asked faculty and affiliates in history, law, politics, government, psychology, and media to offer their thoughts.

  • Inside the Mueller inquiry and the ‘deep state’

    October 25, 2019

    In a new book, "Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law," Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James B. Stewart ’76 offers a vivid, fly-on-the-wall account of the events that led to special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment by Rod Rosenstein ’89, and its aftermath.

  • In new book, Goldsmith probes family ties to Hoffa disappearance

    October 2, 2019

    In the recently-released "In Hoffa's Shadow," Jack Goldsmith digs into the case to possibly solve the mystery of the disappearance—and to clear his stepfather’s name.

  • Nancy Pelosi speaking with reporters

    Experts explore the thorny legal and political implications of trying to unseat Trump

    September 25, 2019

    Harvard faculty explore the thorny legal and political implications of trying to unseat Trump, and whether it will matter in the end if it reaches the Republican-controlled Senate.

  • Rex Tillerson speaking at Harvard

    Tillerson’s exit interview

    September 19, 2019

    During a daylong visit organized by the American Secretaries of State Project, former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered his take on global leaders and hotspots, from Iran and Saudi Arabia to North Korea and Syria.

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    Parsing the Mueller report: A Q&A with Alex Whiting

    April 19, 2019

    Hours after the Mueller report was released, the Harvard Gazette spoke with former prosecutor Alex Whiting, a professor of practice at Harvard Law School who teaches issues and procedures related to domestic and international criminal prosecutions.

  • Julian Assange in a police van

    Benkler, faculty experts discuss the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

    April 12, 2019

    Nearly a decade after Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning shared classified materials with WikiLeaks, the site’s founder, Julian Assange, was arrested in London for his role in the disclosures. The Harvard Gazette recently spoke with three faculty members, including Yochai Benkler, the Harvard Law professor who has publicly defended the disclosure as whistleblowing.

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    Hooked on Mueller probe? HLS student’s blog posts are must-reads

    March 15, 2019

    Though Lawfare’s masthead is stocked with seasoned legal firepower from across the country, two of the national security blog’s most widely discussed stories in the past few months were co-authored by Sarah Grant, a highly accomplished yet stunningly modest third-year at HLS.

  • Whither that wall

    Whither that wall

    January 11, 2019

    President Trump may be able to build a wall along the Mexican border, Harvard analysts say, but then the ripples will widen.

  • Urs Gasser

    Why your online data isn’t safe

    October 3, 2018

    In a Q&A with the Harvard Gazette, Urs Gasser LL.M. ’03, executive director of the Berkman Klein Center, discusses what might be done to protect users from companies that profit from people’s data.

  • The Constitution

    Are there holes in the Constitution?

    July 27, 2018

    To gain a better understanding of some of the issues increasingly in play in today's political climate, the Gazette interviewed Mark Tushnet, Michael Klarman, Steven Levitsky, and Steven Jarding--Harvard faculty members who have expertise in constitutional law and legal history, democratic and authoritarian governments, and American politics.

  • On the web, privacy in peril 1

    On the web, privacy in peril

    March 27, 2018

    Vivek Krishnamurthy studies international issues in internet governance as a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School’s Cyber Law Clinic. He spoke with the Gazette about the legal implications of the breach for Facebook, the laxity in U.S. privacy protections, and how Facebook’s difficulties may mark the end of the tech industry’s long deregulation honeymoon in this country.

  • Samantha Power: The world in her rearview mirror

    Samantha Power: The world in her rearview mirror

    January 25, 2018

    F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that there are no second acts in American lives. But clearly, he never met Samantha Power '99, who, after eight years in the White House, has returned to Harvard as the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at HKS and professor of practice at HLS.

  • What Comey’s testimony means

    June 9, 2017

    Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge in Massachusetts who is now a senior lecturer at Harvard Law School, spoke with the Gazette about the legal issues swirling around President Donald Trump and FBI Director James Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

  • Parsing the Mueller report: A Q&A with Alex Whiting

    Whiting on the fallout from Comey’s firing

    May 11, 2017

    The abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey has caused much consternation among Democrats and Republicans alike. Alex Whiting, professor of practice at the Law School, spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the ramifications of Comey's dismissal.

  • Harvard Project Will Use Behavioral Insights to Improve Health Care Decisions and Delivery 

    Danger in the internet echo chamber

    March 24, 2017

    In a new book, “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media,” Harvard Law School’s Cass R. Sunstein argues that social media curation dramatically limits exposure to views and information that don’t align with already-established beliefs, which makes it harder and harder to find an essential component of democracy — common ground.

  • The writer behind the speeches

    March 17, 2017

    Over the last decade, Sarah Hurwitz ’04 has managed to produce some of the most memorable and important work as a speechwriter for one of the nation’s most gifted orators, Barack Obama, and two of the world’s most commanding and admired women, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.

  • Khizr Khan, reluctant activist

    February 17, 2017

    Khizr Khan LL.M. '86, the Gold Star father who gained fame for his speech at the Democratic National Convention, joined HLS Professor Intisar A. Rabb, director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School, to discuss civil liberties and political action.

  • Trump and the law

    November 28, 2016

    At a recent event, several HLS professors discussed the scope and limits of a president’s executive and judicial powers, the role the courts may play, and the ways in which Trump could reshape the authority and operation of an array of government agencies.

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    Ron Sullivan on changing the dynamics of confrontation

    July 11, 2016

    In a Q&A with the Harvard Gazette, Professor Ron Sullivan discusses the shooting deaths last week of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota at the hands of police, and the subsequent killing of five Dallas officers by a retaliating sniper, events that shocked the nation and left many feeling like the country is unraveling.

  • Mark Wu promoted to professor of law

    World Trade Organization, front and center: A Q&A with Professor Mark Wu

    April 27, 2016

    Mark Wu ’96, an assistant professor at HLS who specializes in international economics and trade law, and lead organizer of the decennial academic conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the most pressing issues affecting trade and the WTO, and how he sees the future of trade policy.

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    Former national security adviser Juan Zarate on money laundering in real estate industry

    April 4, 2016

    Harvard Law School Visiting Lecturer Juan Carlos Zarate ’97, a former deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration and a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, recently spoke with The Harvard Gazette about the problem of money-laundering in the real estate industry—the scope of it, and what new oversight might portend.

  • Case for reparation gains international force

    February 26, 2016

    During a talk Monday at Harvard Law School, Sir Hilary Beckles, a distinguished historian, scholar, and activist from Barbados, made the case for reparations, a discussion that has been re-energized in the U.S. by the Black Lives Matter movement .

  • Jonathan Zittrain

    Apple bites back: Zittrain, Sulmeyer on the privacy-security showdown between the tech giant and FBI

    February 19, 2016

    Apple Inc.’s refusal to help the FBI retrieve information from an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., has thrust the tug-of-war on the issue of privacy vs. security back into the spotlight.

  • Harvard Gazette: The costs of inequality — Increasingly, it’s the rich and the rest

    February 10, 2016

    Second in a Harvard Gazette series on what Harvard scholars are doing to identify and understand inequality, in seeking solutions to one of America’s most vexing problems.

  • During HLS visit, Attorney General Lynch makes the case for criminal justice reform

    January 19, 2016

    In a recent talk at Harvard Law School, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch ’81, J.D. ’84 discussed criminal-justice reform “a transformative issue of our generation.”

  • Stephen Breyer

    Agreeing to disagree: Supreme Court Justice Breyer says rulings are strong but discourse thoughtful

    November 13, 2015

    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer made a recent appearance at Harvard Kennedy School to discuss his new book, “The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities,” with HKS Professor David Gergen, and Nancy Gertner, a former U.S. District Court judge in Massachusetts and now a senior lecturer at HLS.

  • Don't Look Away: Images of Systematic Torture in the Syrian Regime panelists

    Torture through a viewfinder: Photo exhibit at HLS shines light on Syrian government

    October 26, 2015

    As the humanitarian crisis in Syria deepens, a panel at Harvard Law School explores the role of photography in documenting and raising international awareness about torture, mass killings, and other atrocities committed by the Assad regime.

  • Airing it out: Carfagna discusses legal battle over ‘Deflategate’

    August 21, 2015

    Peter Carfagna, lecturer on law and director of the Sports Law Clinic at Harvard Law School, recently spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the 'Deflategate' dispute and what impact the case may have on NFL players, and on the league.

  • The women who questioned Wall Street: Sheila Bair, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Mary Schapiro on holding financial industries accountable

    May 5, 2015

    After their warnings about excesses and corrupt practices on Wall Street went unheeded but proved accurate, former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, former SEC Chair Mary Schapiro, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, formerly a bankruptcy professor at Harvard Law School, set about trying to institute meaningful financial reforms from inside federal agencies and through politics.

  • Breaking down the Middle East: Feldman weighs in on widening chaos, conflict

    April 3, 2015

    In a recent interview in the Harvard Gazette, Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Nicholas Burns, and Wall Street Journalist Farnaz Fassihi offer their analyses of the recent conflicts in the Middle East and the historic political, social, and military transformation taking place in the region.

  • Explaining ‘Capital:’ In HLS visit, economist Thomas Piketty discusses his landmark text (video)

    March 18, 2015

    It’s been just a year since Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” turned the respected French economist from the University of Paris into an academic and publishing rock star. Piketty’s status showed little sign of fading during his March 6 visit to Harvard to speak about the book before an overflow crowd inside Austin Hall at Harvard Law School.

  • After Ferguson, the ripples across Harvard

    March 5, 2015

    National concerns over racial justice lead to campus introspection, discussion, research, and action (from left) Philip Lee, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law; Harvard…

  • Clive Davis and Martha Minow

    The man with the ‘golden ear’: Star-maker Clive Davis shares his six-decade journey with Dean Minow

    November 17, 2014

    It’s not often that Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow gets rattled. But then, it’s not every day that Clive Davis, the legendary record label executive, producer, and talent nurturer, stops by Wasserstein Hall to reminisce about his illustrious, six-decade career in the music industry.

  • Obamacare, back on trial: Elhauge on new challenges to the ACA

    November 14, 2014

    In a move that caught many observers off guard, the U.S. Supreme Court last week announced it would review one of four cases currently challenging provisions

  • Analysts discuss the origins, motivations, and ambitions of surging ISIS movement (video)

    October 27, 2014

    Credit: Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Harvard Law School’s Noah Feldman (from right) joined NPR correspondent Deborah Amos and Professor Kristen Stilt to discuss the fast-moving…

  • Technology and data analytics should transform municipal government, Harvard professors say

    October 20, 2014

    Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Goldsmith (left) and Visiting HLS Professor Susan Crawford (right) Credit: Photo (left) by John Bragg; file photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard…

  • Ogletree convenes panel on life after Ferguson (video)

    Ogletree convenes panel on life after Ferguson (video)

    September 19, 2014

    A panel convened by Harvard Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, reflected on what the recent crisis in Ferguson, Mo. means for broad policy issues, including racial discrimination, political disenfranchisement, policing, and the criminal justice system.

  • Running the show: a conversation with MLB commissioner-elect Rob Manfred ’83

    August 22, 2014

    In one of the first interviews since his election as Major League Baseball's 10th commissioner, Rob Manfred '83 recently spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the challenges facing baseball and his vision for the future of the game.

  • Tushnet analyzes Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling

    July 1, 2014

    In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that closely held, for-profit corporations have a right to exercise the religious beliefs of their owners and therefore cannot be required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide contraception coverage to employees if it conflicts with those views. The Gazette spoke with Harvard Law School Professor Mark Tushnet  about the decision and what it means for future corporate challenges to the Affordable Care Act.