U.S. Citizens Without Constitutional Rights: A Discussion About Puerto Rico

April 17, 2023 • 12:30 PM • Law School 4047

Puerto Rico remains stuck in a quasi-colonial relationship with the U.S. that many islanders outspokenly condemn. For decades, Constitutional Law has been used to define and uphold this relationship. The Insular Cases, notably, made it so that only certain fundamental Constitutional rights are guaranteed to Puerto Rico while referring to the affected people as "alien races" and "savage tribes." This means that there are millions of American citizens without access to basic Constitutional rights. This panel of Puerto Rican Constitutional Law experts will delineate the history of constitutional law that carved out protections for colonialism; the effects that has had on the island; and the potential future pathways for Puerto Rico. Co-sponsored by LALSA, DLJ, ACS, and DBA. For more information please contact Gabriela Nagle Alverio at gen4@duke.edu. RSVP at bit.ly/PRConLaw