A Debate on the Constitutionality of the Filibuster

March 19, 2012Duke Law News

March 19, 2012
12:15-1:15 PM
Room 3041
Duke Law School


Professors Josh Chafetz (Cornell) and Michael Gerhardt (UNC-CH) discuss whether the Constitution permits supermajority rule in a house of Congress, what effect the filibuster has on the constitutional separation of powers, and what (if anything) can or should be done to alter or abolish the filibuster.

Josh Chafetz
Associate Professor of Law
Cornell Law School

Michael Gerhardt
Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the UNC Center on Law and Government
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law