Norman Dorsen is Frederick and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the Global Law School Program at New York University School of Law. His first position after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1953 was as assistant to the General Counsel of the Secretary of the Army, then engaged in the famous Army-McCarthy Hearings. After further legal training, study abroad and private practice, he became in 1961 assistant professor of law and director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program at NYU Law School. A scholar with an international reputation gained by his extensive publications on civil liberties, he is also an experienced appellate litigator, having argued six constitutional cases in the United States Supreme Court. He has participated in such cases as Gideon v. Wainwrightt, the Pentagon Papers Case, Roe v. Wade, and the Nixon Tapes Case. He served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1976 to 1991. He was Chairman of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights for four years and is founding president of the U.S. Association of Constitutional Law. Professor Dorsen has written scores of articles and written or edited nine books, including Human Rights in Northern Ireland (1991), Political and Civil Rights: The ACLU Report on Civil Liberties Today (1984) and The Rights of Americans: What They Are, What They Should Be (1968). Professor Dorsen and Prosser Gifford of the Library of Congress are the co-organizers of this symposium Democracy and the Rule of Law.