Call for Papers: Role of the Executive in the Anglo-American Legal Tradition



Event Date: 

10/2/17 to 10/3/17

Location name: 

Montgomery, AL


Faulkner Law Review

Faulkner Law Review invites proposals for its ninth volume.  The theme of this volume will be “The Role of the Executive in the Anglo-American Legal Tradition.”  Authors accepted for publication will be invited to present their articles at our annual Law Review Symposium, which will be held on October 2-3, 2017 in Montgomery, AL.  This year’s keynote speaker will be former Solicitor General of the United States and United States Court of Appeals Judge Kenneth Starr.  Our Monday plenary speaker will be Professor Carson Holloway, associate professor of political science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and author, most recently, of Hamilton versus Jefferson in the Washington Administration.  Our Tuesday plenary speaker will be Josh Blackman, Associate Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law and author of Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare.

Consistent with the mission of Faulkner Law Review to promote understanding of contemporary questions by drawing upon the resources of the Anglo-American legal tradition, this issue will explore both historical and current uses of executive power to shape law and policy.  The executive power has common-law roots in the royal prerogative, and every state has an executive branch of government.  Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution vests in the President of the United States “executive power.”  While Section II enumerates certain specific powers, such as the powers to appoint ambassadors and to make treaties, much of what is now understood to constitute an executive power has been shaped by executive action and by judicial interpretation of the Constitution.

Recent challenges to exercises of executive power have played out in American courts.  In the past decade, there have been challenges to the extent of a president’s treaty-making power, his power as Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, the proper use of executive orders, and the power of executive agencies to promulgate regulations implementing legislative acts.  Currently, several courts are considering the scope of executive power to regulate immigration.  The Faulkner Law Review seeks articles considering these and other timely issues.

This year’s topic is a continuation of the Law Review’s exploration of topics within the Anglo-American legal tradition.  Last year, the journal considered the “The Role of the Judge in the Anglo-American Legal Tradition” and presented articles by the Honorable William H. Pryor, Jr. of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Dr. Robert Lowery Clinton, Professor Emeritus at Southern Illinois University.  Other contributors in recent years include Professor James Stoner, Jr.; Professor Winston Nagan; Hon. Bradley Miller; and Dr. Matthew Franck.  Individuals interested in submitting an article are asked to provide a 100 to 200-word abstract explaining their proposed topic.  The deadline to submit proposals is June 1, 2017, and may be sent via email to