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Saturday, June 20 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Rights and the Constitution 1

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What are “rights,” properly speaking? And what is the nature of our constitutional rights – specifically, what rights are protected by the Constitution of the United States? In this two-part talk, David Mayer will discuss the nature of constitutional rights, both generally and specifically. Part I will examine the general nature of those rights found in the Constitution—comparing the Founders’ theory of natural rights and civil rights with Objectivist rights theory—with a special emphasis on the Ninth Amendment and its rule of broad interpretation of the Constitution’s rights provisions. Part I also will discuss the historical background of both the federal Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment, which applied those rights provisions to the states. 


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David Mayer

David N. Mayer is Professor of Law and History, emeritus, at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he taught courses in English and American legal and constitutional history, among other subjects. Professor Mayer is the author of the books The Constitutional Thought of Tho... Read More →

Saturday June 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
Trafalgar Room Crown Plaza Nashua

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