Author Archive

William E. Nelson

Professor of Law, New York University


Danger Ahead In The Constitutional Standoff Over Trump’s Emergency Declaration

President Trump vetoed Congress' rejection of his emergency declaration. That brings the constitutional confrontation closer to the Supreme Court and a potentially destabilizing outcome.


Analysis: The Emergency Declaration Should Not Be Resolved in Court

The constitutional conflict between Congress and President Trump over his emergency declaration has potential to undermine centuries of checks and balances between the two branches of government.


Analysis: Shutdowns Are a Way to Drown Government in the Bathtub

The government shutdown provided a short-term version of what some activists have long wanted: A government small enough so that you could 'drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.'