“The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully…” U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes famously proclaimed a century ago in a statement that continues to echo in the ongoing legal debate over presidential powers during wartime. With the line between peacetime and wartime blurring in the context of today’s sweeping transnational conflicts, legal scholars bring to light a key moment in the history of the war powers debate, when, during World War I, President Woodrow Wilson and the Congress were empowered by flexible interpretations of the Constitution, leading to the expansion of wartime powers. Join us for a discussion that uncovers what history can teach us about contemporary debates over constitutional war powers.
Matthew C. Waxman is Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Philip C. Bobbitt (moderator) is Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence at Columbia University. They are the Faculty Co-chairs of the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security at Columbia Law School.
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