Sessions Information

  • January 7, 2023
    1:00 pm - 2:40 pm
    Session Type: Section Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: N/A
    Room: Marriott Grand Ballroom 11
    Floor: Lobby Level, North Tower

    The year 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the Indian Supreme Court’s landmark case “Kesavananda Bharati v. State of Kerala,” establishing that the Indian Constitution possesses an unwritten “basic structure." According to the Court, this "basic structure" is inviolable and unamendable. It includes federalism, the separation of powers, and judicial independence, for instance. The Court has invoked the "basic structure" doctrine to strike down constitutional amendments believed by a simple judicial majority to violate these unwritten rules and principles. In this panel, scholars will explore whether the U.S. Constitution is anchored in a similar “basic structure."

    The Section held a virtual business meeting prior to the Annual Meeting. 



Session Speakers
Organization: The University of Texas School of Law

Organization: University of Illinois College of Law

Organization: Harvard Law School

Organization: Seattle University School of Law

Organization: Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Session Fees
  • Law and South Asian Studies Co-Sponsored by Constitutional Law - Does the U.S. Constitution have an Unamendable Core?: $0.00