Robert L. Tsai

Boston University School of Law

765 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

United States

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“  My latest book is "Practical Equality" (W.W. Norton 2019). In it, I argue that we have a duty to pursue second-best solutions when we find it difficult to agree on the meaning of equality as a first principle. My previous book was "America's Forgotten Constitutions" (Harvard 2014), which explores a variety of constitutions authored by groups of Americans after the framing of the U.S. Constitution. My first book examined the development of free speech language and belief systems in America, "Eloquence and Reason" (Yale 2008). I work on a broad range of projects related to constitutional law, ideas of justice, criminal procedure, cause lawyering, presidential leadership, the institutional development of individual rights, theories of democratic culture and practice, and popular theories of constitutionalism (on the left and the right).  ”

Scholarly Papers (31)

1.

The Politics of Hate

Journal of Hate Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2012), American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2012-48
Number of pages: 241 Posted: 04 Dec 2012 Last Revised: 06 Dec 2012
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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hate, hate crime, evolutionary psychology, blood libel, lynching, jurisprudence, rationalism, islam, english defence league, fascism, communism

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Constitutional Borrowing

Michigan Law Review, Vol. 108, 2010, Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 145, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 09-36
Number of pages: 66 Posted: 20 Apr 2009 Last Revised: 23 Nov 2009
Nelson Tebbe and Robert L. Tsai
Cornell Law School and Boston University School of Law
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constitution, borrowing, First Amendment, Equal Protection, culture, minimalism, living constitutionalism, originalism, liberty, equality

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Fire, Metaphor, and Constitutional Myth-Making

Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 93, p. 181, 2004
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 09 Apr 2004 Last Revised: 06 May 2008
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
Downloads 445 (74,562)
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Supreme court, cognitive theory, cognitive linguistics, first amendment, constitutional law, metaphor, culture, language, linguistics, rhetoric, institutionalism, anthropology, internet, speech, expression, judicial power, courts, myth, folklore, script, performance

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Reconsidering Gobitis: An Exercise in Presidential Leadership

Washington University Law Review, Vol. 86, No. 2, pp. 363-443, 2008, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 09-31
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 31 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 06 Nov 2009
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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constitution, religion, first amendment, jehovah's witness, conscience, president, executive branch, supreme court, war, gobitis, barnette

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The Ethics of Melancholy Citizenship

Oregon Law Review, Vol. 89, p. 557, 2010, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2010-13
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 15 Jul 2009 Last Revised: 30 Dec 2010
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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citizen, war, fdr, roosevelt, popular constitutionalism, langston hughes, poetry, ethics, melancholy, democracy, politics

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Sacred Visions of Law

Iowa Law Review, Vol. 90, p. 1095, 2005
Number of pages: 67 Posted: 21 Sep 2004 Last Revised: 06 May 2008
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
Downloads 213 (164,122)

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religion, semiotics, symbol, culture, anthropology, interpretation, interpretive, iconography, constitution, ritual theory, realism, communitas, performance, performative, theater, humanities, judicial appointment, institutionalism, myth, parable, civil rights, marbury, madison, brown, education

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John Brown's Constitution

Boston College Law Review, Vol. 51, 2010, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 09-35
Number of pages: 57 Posted: 24 Apr 2009 Last Revised: 08 Jun 2010
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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constitution, radical, popular constitutionalism, slavery, equality, terrorism, citizenship, culture

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Obama's Conversion on Same-Sex Marriage: The Social Foundations of Individual Rights

Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 50, 2018, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2017-16
Number of pages: 60 Posted: 31 Jul 2017 Last Revised: 26 Mar 2018
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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DOMA, Obama, gay rights, equality, equal protection, marriage, same-sex marriage, constitution, constitutional law, jurisprudence, president, courts, executive, Congress, Supreme Court, Eric Holder, Department of Justice

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Speech and Strife

Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 67, p. 83, 2004
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 19 Nov 2003 Last Revised: 06 May 2008
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
Downloads 156 (216,397)

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Constitutional law, language, linguistics, culture, new institutionalism, first amendment, cultural anthropology, rhetoric, free speech, jurisprudence, supreme court, metaphor, cognitive theory, cognitive linguistics

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Three Arguments About War

30 Constitutional Commentary 1 (2014), American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2012-37
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 25 Jun 2014 Last Revised: 03 Mar 2015
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
Downloads 136 (241,896)

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Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture

ELOQUENCE AND REASON: CREATING A FIRST AMENDMENT CULTURE, Yale University Press, 2008, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 09-32
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 01 Nov 2008 Last Revised: 02 Nov 2009
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
Downloads 126 (256,484)

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First Amendment, constitution, culture, language, rhetoric, civil rights, president, social movement, linguistic, metaphor, religion, speech, assembly

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Democracy's Handmaid

Boston University Law Review, Vol. 86, No. 1, 2006
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 13 Dec 2005 Last Revised: 06 May 2008
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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constitution, democracy, jurisprudence, theory, civil rights, metaphor, language, sexual orientation, rhetoric

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Conclusion — The Migration of Legal Ideas: Legislative Design and the Lawmaking Process

N. Lupo & L. Scaffardi, Comparative Law in Legislative Drafting: The Increasing Importance of Dialogue Amongst Parliaments (Eleven Int’l Publish’g 2014), American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2014-15
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 31 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 27 Jul 2014
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
Downloads 105 (292,329)

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borrowing, transplant, comparative law, parliament, legislature, lawmaking, procedure, formalism, institutionalism, Brazil, Namibia, Australia, South Africa, Spain, European Union, China, Canada, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States, colonialism

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'Simple' Takes on the Supreme Court

5 Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review 35 (2013), American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2013-07
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 20 Sep 2012 Last Revised: 03 Mar 2015
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
Downloads 102 (298,131)

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equality, first amendment, adjudication, humanities, fiction, literature, Langston Hughes, justice, first amendment, equal protection, democracy, segregation

15.

Legal Language in Nineteenth-Century America

Nan Goodman & Simon Stern (eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Law and Humanities in Nineteenth-Century America (2015), American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2014-51
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 26 Dec 2014
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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legal language, humanities, constitutional law, political discourse, slavery, abolition, emancipation, lincoln, law and literature, democratic culture, revolution, walt whitman, uncle tom's cabin, seneca falls, mark twain, civil war, five civilized tribes, okmulgee constitution, confederacy

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Book Review of Beau Breslin, 'From Words to Worlds: Exploring Constitutional Functionality'

Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 1226-1228, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2010-26
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 13 Aug 2010 Last Revised: 21 Oct 2010
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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Constitution, Comparative Law, Politics, Social Conflict, Culture, Liberalism, Rights, Institutional Design

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Aryans, Gender, and American Politics

Sexuality and Politics, Vol. 4, No. 2, p. 16, 2011, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2011-24
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 23 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 02 Jul 2013
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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Politics, Aryan, Right-Wing, Nazi, Race, Constitution, Richard Butler, Northwest, Gender, separatism, terrorism

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Sovereignty as Discourse

Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 25, p. 157, 2008 , American University, WCL Research Paper No. 09-33
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 06 Feb 2009 Last Revised: 02 Nov 2009
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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Racial Purges

118 Michigan Law Review, 2019, Forthcoming, Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-28, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2019-27
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 07 Aug 2019 Last Revised: 10 Feb 2020
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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purge, exclusion, Chinese, immigration, politics, xenophobia, race, ethnonationalism, migration, equality

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Conceptualizing Constitutional Litigation as Anti-Government Expression: a Speech-Centered Theory of Court Access

American University Law Review, Vol. 51, pp. 835, June 2002
Number of pages: 70 Posted: 02 Sep 2003 Last Revised: 03 May 2008
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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court access, first amendment, constitutional litigation, public law, constitutional law, due process, litigation, civil rights, prisoner's right, prison litigation, attorney fees, right to petition, redress

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Prologue to America's Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community

America's Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community (Harvard Univ. Press 2014), American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2014-31
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 10 Jun 2014 Last Revised: 26 Jun 2014
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
Downloads 62 (398,782)

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constitution, constitutional law, republicanism, liberalism, convention, popular sovereignty, native americans, pioneer, black sovereignty, john brown, slavery, confederacy, confederate states of america, sequoyah, oklahoma, five civilized tribes, world federalism, aryan, republic of new afrika

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Manufactured Emergencies

129 Yale Law Journal Forum, Forthcoming, Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-38, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2020-04
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 19 Nov 2019 Last Revised: 19 Mar 2020
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
Downloads 61 (402,013)
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president, executive power, emergency power, constitution, rule of law, immigration, military, constitutional law, jurisprudence

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Notes on Borrowing and Convergence

Columbia Law Review Sidebar, Vol. 111, pp. 140-150, 2011, Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 256, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2011-29
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 01 Nov 2011
Robert L. Tsai and Nelson Tebbe
Boston University School of Law and Cornell Law School
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Fourth Amendment, exclusionary rule, criminal procedure, tort, remedies, borrowing, constitutional law, supreme court

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Immigration Unilateralism and American Ethnonationalism

Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1, 2019, Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-32, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2020-02
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 23 Oct 2019 Last Revised: 19 Mar 2020
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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immigration, civil rights, equality, family, migration, refugee, culture, population control, politics, popular sovereignty

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Considerations of History and Purpose in Constitutional Borrowing

28 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Forthcoming (2019), American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2020-07
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 13 Dec 2019 Last Revised: 19 Mar 2020
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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democracy, constitutional borrowing, interpretation, constitution, constitutional law, jurisprudence, second amendment, first amendment, equality

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Supreme Court Precedent and the Politics of Repudiation

Austin Sarat (Ed.), Law's Infamy (U. Mass Press 2020), American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2020-09
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 24 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 19 Mar 2020
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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supreme court, jurisprudence, constitutional law, politics, precedent, abortion, religious freedom, free speech, privacy, dred scott, equality, internment, korematsu

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Introduction to Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation

Robert L. Tsai, Practical Equality: Forging Justice in a Divided Nation (W.W. Norton 2019), Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-29, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2019-24
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 16 Sep 2019 Last Revised: 23 Oct 2019
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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pragmatism, law, constitution, equality, equal protection, liberty

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The System Worked: Our Schizophrenic Stance on Welfare

Yale Law Journal, Vol. 106, No. 929, 1996
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 08 May 2008 Last Revised: 14 May 2008
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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welfare, public policy, democracy, politics, elites, public opinion, law, rights, judicial review

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Equality is a Brokered Idea

George Washington Law Review Arguendo, Vol. 87, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2019-28, Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2019-33
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 13 Aug 2019 Last Revised: 07 Dec 2019
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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Practical Equality, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, jurisprudence, law, equality, census, politics

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A Tradition at War with Itself: A Reply to Professor Rana's Review of America's Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community

Texas Law Review, Vol. 94, No. 60, 2016, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2018-02
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 06 Oct 2017 Last Revised: 30 Apr 2018
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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constitution, america, comparative jurisprudence, rights, tradition, constitutional law, constitutional history, culture, norms

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The Hidden Costs of Dissent

34 Constitutional Commentary 489 (2019), American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2020-16
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 15 Jun 2020 Last Revised: 16 Oct 2020
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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constitution, constitutional law, equality, egalitarianism, pragmatism, politics, popular sovereignty, political theory, jurisprudence, legal history

Other Papers (2)

Total Downloads: 54
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Review of Nicholas Guyatt, ‘Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation’ (Basic 2016)

Journal of American History, Vol. 104, Issue 1, p. 179, June 2017
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 27 Oct 2017
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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Segregation, Race, Constitution, Politics, American History, Legal History, Native American

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Book Review of Zephyr Teachout, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United (Harvard 2014)

102 Journal of American History 503 (2015)
Number of pages: 1 Posted: 12 Sep 2015
Robert L. Tsai
Boston University School of Law
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corruption, constitutional law, American founding, U.S. constitution, campaign finance