Conference on the Constitutional Convention. Harvard Law School, September 24–25, 2011

In response to a widely perceived dysfunctional political environment in Washington, D.C., attendees at a conference at Harvard Law School evaluated the potential and pitfalls of a possible remedy—a first-ever Article V convention to propose amendments to the Constitution.


The September 24-25 event included sessions on the legal, political, and strategic considerations as well as the path to organizing such a convention, which Article V of the Constitution allows with the approval of two-thirds of state legislatures. (To be enacted, amendments brought forth from a convention must then be ratified by three-quarters of the states.) Speakers addressed issues such as the substance of amendments that could be proposed in a convention, who would participate, and the dangers of a “runaway” convention, in which delegates could overturn provisions of the existing Constitution. 


Opening Remarks

Legal Panel

Glenn Reynolds's Keynote

Political Panel

Strategic Panel

Lawrence Lessig's Keynote