ONU Law to Present Lecture on Originalism
The title of Telman’s presentation is “Originalism: A Thing Worth Doing…” The event is free and open to the public.
According to Telman, “Justice Antonin Scalia’s defense of originalism relies crucially on his argument that ‘a thing worth doing is worth doing badly,’ a motto that captures early originalism’s self-consciousness of its own limitations as a methodology of constitutional interpretation. Justice Clarence Thomas counters in his autobiography with his own motto: ‘Any job worth doing is worth doing right.’ Thomas’ motto articulates the self-confidence with which originalist scholars and judges, including Scalia, currently proceed. However, while Thomas’ motto better captures the originalist movement in its present form, this lecture will illustrate that Scalia’s motto is more in keeping with the modest capacities of originalist jurisprudence.”
Telman serves as editor of ContractsProf Blog, the official blog of the AALS Section on Contracts. His scholarly and teaching interests include constitutional theory, public international law and comparative jurisprudence. His scholarship has appeared in Austrian, English, French, German, Indian, Israeli, Serbian, South African, U.K. and U.S. publications. He currently is editing a collection of essays presented at a conference he organized in summer 2014. The book, “Hans Kelsen in America — The Anxieties of Non-Influence,” is forthcoming from Springer.