Max Planck Lecture Series

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 16:00

“The U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court”

Prof. Peter L. Murray
(Harvard Law School)

Professor Peter Murray taught for more than 17 years as a full-time member of the faculty at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since his retirement in 2010 he continues to teach there on a part time basis. His academic subjects and areas of interest are civil procedure, evidence, comparative procedure, the trial process, comparative legal and judicial institutions and the legal profession.

He is the author and co-author of several books, including German Civil Justice (with Professor Rolf Stuerner), Maine Evidence, and Basic Trial Advocacy and a large number of published articles. In 1998 he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Freiburg in Germany and has taught Introduction to the American Legal System there for a number of years. He has lectured at law faculties on comparative law topics at universities and academic conferences in many countries of Europe and Asia as well as in the United States.

German and European law and legal institutions are special interests. He believes and maintains that American jurists and political reformers can learn a lot from the study of European legal systems and institutions. He is currently working on a project to describe and analyze the work of German notaries in real estate and corporate law transactions and to compare their function to that of legal professionals and institutions that fulfil similar roles in the United States.

Preview of the Lecture

Professor Murray's lecture at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg will discuss the role of the United States Supreme Court to examine the constitutionality of laws adopted and action taken by the legislative and executive branches of government as it has historically developed, and the current perceived danger of unaccountable and unreviewable judicial determinations of political, economic and social questions clothed in constitutional interpretation.

Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
Conference room, 4th floor
4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxembourg

If you are interested in participating in this lecture, please contact: Martina Winkel: (+352) 26 94 88 - 923,