National Legal Experts to Discuss the 'Rule of Law' at UH

Topic with ‘Profound’ Policy Implications will be Focus of Hobby Center Panel April 7

Rule of law:  the just application of law that emphasizes no one is above the law

Rule of law: an ideal we strive for as a society or government

The meaning of the term is as varied as the many political debates that have invoked it. The University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy’s “BB&T Speaker Series” hosts a panel of experts in the fields of law, civil liberties and philosophy to discuss “The Rule of Law: Current Status.”  The event begins at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 7 in the UH Student Center Theater.  It is free and open to the public.

“This distinguished panel of scholars, from various backgrounds and viewpoints, will share their thoughts on a fundamental principle separating democracies from dictatorships,” said Jim Granato, professor of political science and director of the Hobby Center. “The policy implications are profound, since ‘rule of law’ considerations in the United States cover the entire spectrum – from national security to domestic policies.”

The speakers include:

  • James E. Fleming, Frank R. Kenison Distinguished Scholar at Boston University School of Law.
  • Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School.
  • Steven Simpson, director of legal studies at the Ayn Rand Institute
  • Tara Smith, professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin

The BB&T Speaker Series convenes nationally renowned scholars and leading professionals to discuss timely policy and ethical issues. Lectures are co-sponsored by the Honors College's Phronesis program.

WHO:           University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy

WHAT:         BB&T Speak Series “The Rule of Law: Current Status”

WHEN:         9:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 7

WHERE:       UH Student Center Theater. For directions and parking information,


MEDIA:         Contact Jeannie Kever, 713-743-0778, m-713-504-3760.