Constitutional, Civil Rights, & Democracy

Centers & Intellectual Life

From topical reports examining the state of constitutional rights today, to events that feature insiders discussing critical issues such as post-9/11 security, the intellectual life at the Law School offers a wealth of opportunities for exploring constitutional, civil rights, and democratic issues:

The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. The center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism.

The Center on the Administration of Criminal Law (CACL) analyzes important issues of criminal law, particularly focusing on prosecutorial power and discretion. It pursues this mission in three main arenas: academia, the courts, and public policy debates. 

The Reiss Center on Law and Security is a non-partisan multidisciplinary research institute established in 2003 to focus on cultivating an informed dialogue and conducting groundbreaking research on the vital legal, policy, and strategic questions that will shape the national security field for years to come.

The Classical Liberal Institute (CLI) examines how systems of property rights and contracts work to advance human welfare within a framework of limited government. CLI also co-sponsors the annual Friedrich A. von Hayek Lecture, which the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty publishes. Past topics have included administrative law, the constitution, and jurisprudence of new technology.

The Colloquium on Law, Economics, and Politics investigates a wide variety of topics ranging from the foundations of rational choice theory (an inquiry important to the evaluation of the use of the theory in understanding law) to applications to questions of immediate interest.

The Institute of Judicial Administration solidifies NYU Law’s status as a non-partisan resource for the judicial community. Faculty Co-Directors Oscar Chase and Samuel Estreicher oversee IJA programming including annual appellate judges training seminars, workshops on special topics in the law, and the annual William Brennan Jr. Lecture on State Courts and Social Justice.

Just Security is an online forum for the rigorous analysis of US national security law and policy that aims to promote principled and pragmatic solutions to national security problems that decision-makers face. 

The Policing Project is dedicated to strengthening policing through democratic governance. It is working with criminal justice experts, community members, the police, and many others to write model rules and policies for policing.