At its annual dinner on February 10, 2009, the Hauser Global Law School Program (HGLSP) honored its founding director Norman Dorsen, NYU's Frederick I. and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law. Dean Richard Revesz, HGLSP Faculty Director Richard Stewart, and Hauser Foundation President Rita Hauser all gave remarks praising Dorsen's achievements at HGLSP, including his work as founding editorial director of I•CON, NYU's journal of international constitutional law.
The night's featured speaker, Hauser Distinguished Global Visitor and former Prime Minister of Italy Giuliano Amato discussed the continuing spread of constitutionalism in an increasingly globalized world and commended Dorsen for his efforts to this end. "Norman has been one of the most generous and effective promoters of [constitutionalism]," Amato said, "and this, Norman, is why you have our admiration and our gratitude." To conclude the evening, Dorsen himself gave a short and endearingly modest address thanking his family, mentors, and those who helped to build HGLSP and shared his delight at being able to "bask in the opportunity to be here at the NYU School of Law."