Lunchtime Lecture with Judge Edith Jones

I’ve got a pen…” – President Barack Obama, 2014

Over the years, US Presidents have steadily expanded the power of the Oval office. But do they sometimes overstep the line?

The Constitution does not explicitly permit executive orders. However, there is a clause which calls upon the president to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”. Over the years, this clause has justified legislation signed into law by the the president without approval from Congress.

While executive orders are still subject to judicial review, their prevalence has lead to some of the most important decisions in US history, including the Emancipation Proclamation, and also to some of the most controversial ones, including the introduction of Japanese-American interment camps during World War II.

Over his presidency Barack Obama has come under fire for his use of executive orders, particularly those pertaining to controversial topics such as The Affordable Care Act and immigration policy.

To discuss the use and potential abuse of executive authority, the Adam Smith Institute is delighted to welcome Judge Edith Jones. Judge Jones is a federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and one of the most prominent women jurists in America. Judge Jones joined the court in 1985 having been nominated by Ronald Reagan, and was Chief Judge of the court between January 2006 and September 2012.

This event is on Monday, 30th March 2015. It is a lunchtime lecture, commencing at 1.00pm and ending no later than2.15pm. Lunch will be provided.

Spaces are limited, so please contact events@adamsmith.org to book a place.

April TNG – with Matthew Parris

For our April TNG we welcome Matthew Parris, who will give a talk “In Defence of the Elite”.

Parris is a journalist and former Conservative MP  West Derbyshire (1979 until 1986). He writes a weekly political column for The Times.

The Next Generation events are informal socials for the under-30s. To attend, please RSVP either via email or Facebook