The Pernicious Doctrine of Stare Decisis: A Debate

October 25, 2007

The Program in Public Law and Duke Law's Federalist Society present The Pernicious Doctrine of Stare Decisis: A Debate with Professor Michael Paulsen (University of St. Thomas School of Law) and Professor Michael Gerhardt (UNC-CH School of Law). Stare decisis, in Latin literally "Let the decision stand," is the doctrine by which courts adhere to previously decided cases or precedents. Professors Paulsen and Gerhardt will debate this provocative topic, with Professor Paulsen specifically arguing that "the doctrine of stare decisis is . . . unconstitutional and disserves all of the rule-of-law values it is alleged to advance."

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