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Presidential Power

Readings and resources concerning presidential power.

Administrative Law Basics


What Is Administrative Law? Short video from UW Tech Policy Lab.

Maeve P. Carey, Cong. Research Serv., IF10003, An Overview of Federal Regulations and the Rulemaking Process (2019)

PBS Crash Course Government & Politics

PBS has produced (2015-16) a series of 48 short videos giving a Crash Course in Government and Politics. You can view them on the PBS site or on YouTube. (The YouTube videos seem to load faster.)

Of particular interest:


ASIL Webcast Series on International Law

American Society of International Law, International Law and the Trump Administration: An Online Series.

  • The Future of International Agreements,  Feb. 1, 2017
  • U.S. Engagement with the United Nations, Feb. 23, 2017
  • U.S. Participation in Global Trade Agreements, March 15, 2017
  • The Future of Environmental Agreements, April 5, 2017
  • U.S. Obligations Toward Refugees, June 6, 2017
  • Strengthening Cybersecurity, July 19, 2017
  • Nuclear Security and Non-Proliferation, July 26, 2017
  • The Use of Force Under International Law, Sept. 11, 2017, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET

Cato Institute Free Speech Discussion

Freedom of Speech and the Trump Administration, C-SPAN, Feb. 3, 2017.

Fleming Rose, Robert Corn-Revere, and Francis Buckley talked about free speech in the Trump administration following the president’s reaction to protests at the University of California, Berkeley.

Federal Society Conference on International Law in Trump Era

International Law in the Trump Era: Expectations, Hopes, and Fears, Jan. 23, 2017

The Federalist Society's Practice Group and Student Divisions and the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) are pleased to present a half-day conference on the future of international and national law under freshly inaugurated President Trump. The first panel will focus on the future of trade law, under a president who made free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and NAFTA a campaign issue. The second panel will discuss the future of American alliances and interventions under the Trump administration. Lunch will feature a lively discussion between leading international lawyers the Hon. John Bellinger and Associate Dean and Professor Rosa Brooks about whether international law will matter to the new administration. The luncheon panel will be moderated by Professor David Stewart.


Panel 1: What is the Future of Trade Law? - Audio/Video
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Prof. Timothy J. Keeler, Former Chief of Staff, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)
  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice
  • Mr. Jeff Pavlak, Legislative Representative at Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO 
  • Prof. Alvaro Santos, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Mr. Matthew R. A. Heiman, Former Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice for the National Security Division

Panel II: Alliances and Interventions - Audio/Video
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

  • Hon. Brian H. Hook, Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations
  • Hon. Lawrence Korb, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense 
  • Amb. Kristen Silverberg, Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union  
  • Moderator: Prof. Jamil N. Jaffer, Former Chief Counsel and Senior Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations  

Luncheon Panel: Will International Law Matter to the Trump Administration? - Audio/Video
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Hon. John B. Bellinger, III, former Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State and the National Security Council
  • Prof. Rosa Brooks, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs & Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Moderator: Prof. David Stewart, President, American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA)

Harvard Petrie-Flom Center Panel on Affordable Care Act

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School panel: President-Elect Trump’s Health Policy Agenda: Priorities, Strategies, and Predictions, Dec. 19, 2016:

Expert panelists addressed the future of the Affordable Care Act under a "repeal and replace" strategy, alternative approaches to insurance coverage and access to care, the problem of high drug prices, innovation policy, support for scientific research, and other topics. The panel also discussed opportunities and obstacles relevant to President-elect Trump’s proposals, as well as hopes and concerns for health policy the Trump administration.


Joseph R. Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Lanhee J. Chen, David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer, Public Policy Program; affiliate, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum

Moderator: Gregory Curfman, Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Health Publications

National Constitution Center Videos

The National Constitution Center was established by Congress to "disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people."

President Trump’s First 100 Days and the Constitutional Stakes (Jan. 17, 2017) (panel moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, with Carol Lee of The Wall Street Journal, Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, Benjamin Domenech of The Federalist, and Paul Gottfried of Elizabethtown College).

The Constitution and the Administrative State (Jan. 10, 2017) ("federal judges and scholars explore important historical and constitutional issues related to the administrative state"; cosponsored by the Federal Judicial Center).

Populism, Demagogues, and Constitutional Democracy (Dec. 8, 2016) ("discussion about the rising tide of populism and constitutional values, featuring Robert Kagan, Michael Kazin, Nancy Rosenblum, and John Yoo").

The Constitutional Legacy of President Obama (Nov. 30, 2016) ("David French and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review, Jonathan Chaitt of New York magazine, National Constitution Center scholar-in-residence Michael Gerhardt, and Michael Days of the Philadelphia Daily News explore the president’s constitutional legacy.")