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Western New England University to Celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Published: September 12, 2016 | Categories: Law, All News
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old painting of first continental congressOn Friday, September 16, the Western New England University School of Law will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day with a presentation and discussion by Law Professor Sudha Setty entitled “United States Constitutionalism in the Global Context.” The talk will be held in the Blake Law Center from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, and lunch will be served.

In this talk, Professor Setty will explore the many ways in which national constitutions have influenced each other, focusing on how and why there are great differences between the U.S. Constitution and most constitutions drafted since the end of World War II.  Professor Setty will also explore how constitutional law from other nations has influenced the way U.S. courts interpret the constitution.

“Many nations in Central and South America adopted the same model as the U.S. government,” explained Professor Setty. “However, most other nations have chosen different models and different approaches to articulating fundamental rights.” 

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day was established in 1952 by Congress, marking September 17 as a day to commemorate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. The day also recognizes all those who have attained American citizenship through the naturalization process.