The Georgetown Center
for the Constitution
Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC 20001
This course examines the institutions of the US government and the complex constitutional structure which shapes the American economy.
The US Constitution drew from traditional legal norms found in the Common Law and Natural Law and blended them with modern scientific concepts. The constitutional structure thereby combined principles of natural justice with the realities of economic self-interest. The course will consider how the Constitution used these opposed tendencies to create a large commercial republic. Within this commercial republic, the constitutional mechanisms have operated to multiply economic interests in order both to grow the economy and also to prevent any one economic or political group from exercising too much power. The course will aim at understanding how in practice – and however imperfectly --American institutions and processes interweave notions of natural justice and positive law to shape the US economy and its constitutional order.
Certificates are awarded upon the successful completion of the program requirements.
Professor Baker's lecture helped me better understand the structure of the U.S. government and the workings of this great nation. It has also given me new insights on many frequently used terms like "democracy" and "majoritarian tyranny." This was certainly a refreshing and inspiring learning experience.
- So Nga Ki, Suki, LL.B. (Tsinghua University)
I took this course with Professor Baker in 2010 at The University of Hong Kong. His passion for Chinese culture and his profound knowledge of Common Law impressed me greatly. In his class, I not only learnt the basic rules of American Common Law and U.S. Constitution, but most importantly the course also laid a firm foundation for my studies in the United States two years later. Through his class, I realized for the first time that you need to have unlimited passion and put enormous effort in learning the law and working as a lawyer.
- Li Ju, Dawn, Juris Master (Peking University), LL.M. (U.C. Hastings College of Law).