Celebrate the Constitution of the United States by attending a timely discussion about the presidential and congressional authority to authorize military actions short of war, with a focus on Syria. Scott L. Silliman '68, adjunct professor of law at UNC and expert in national security and military law, will present “The Constitution, the War Powers Resolution and the Use of Force in Syria."
Silliman is a professor of the practice of law at Duke Law School and served as executive director of the Duke Center on Law, Ethics and National Security from its inception in 1993 until July 2011. President Obama nominated Silliman to be a federal appellate judge on the United States Court of Military Commission Review, and he was sworn in on Sept. 12, 2012.
For the past several years, UNC School of Law has served as host of the campus-wide UNC-Chapel Hill Constitution Day celebration. Each year on September 17, pursuant to a 2004 federal statute, U.S. schools and colleges take time to celebrate and commemorate the day on which the Constitution of the United States was signed. Constitution Day presents an opportunity to reflect upon the deeper meanings of the Constitution and the hopes it embodies for the future of the country and the world.
Light refreshments will be served.