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Can Courts Save Democracy?

  • 01 Nov 2022
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Room 544, ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004



About the Program

Stanford University’s Larry Diamond has observed that democracy is experiencing a global recession. In this panel co-hosted with ASU’s Center for Constitutional Design, participants will discuss why the democratic recession is unfolding and what can be done about it. In particular, the panelists will address the question whether independent judiciaries can serve as bulwarks for democracy.

Jeffrey Staton of Emory University will present the findings from his new book Can Courts be Bulwarks of Democracy? (Cambridge 2022). He will be joined in the discussion by Larry Diamond and Tom Daly (University of Melbourne and Director of the global online platform Democratic Decay and Renewal). Stefanie Lindquist, Executive Director of ASU’s Center for Constitutional Design, will moderate.

Beverages and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.


Complimentary Registration



Tuesday, November 1, 2022

5:00 PM Registration & Networking Reception

6:00 PM Program Begins

7:00 PM Program Concludes



The Great Hall, Beus Center for Law and Society

ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

In Partnership with


Tom Daly

Deputy Director, Melbourne School of Government and

Director of Democratic Decay and Renewal

Tom is Deputy Director of the University of Melbourne School of Government, Director of the global online research platform Democratic Decay & Renewal (DEM-DEC:, Co-Convenor of the Constitution Transformation Network (Melbourne), and Associate Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law.

As well as extensive experience in the university sector (at Melbourne, Edinburgh and Copenhagen universities), Tom has worked in a variety of roles in government and international organizations, including running the Office of the Chief Justice of Ireland for over 6 years and working on judicial education at the Judicial Studies Institute. As a consultant he has worked on a range of EU, Council of Europe, African Union, International IDEA, and Irish government projects concerning public law, human rights, and democracy-building. Most recently, Tom has managed a $4.72m Council of Europe project concerning judicial ethics in Turkey, designed a pan-continental African Judicial Network for the African Union, advised politicians in Lebanon on constitutional reform, and was Senior Consultant on an official review of data interception legislation in Ireland.

Tom’s research focuses on democratic governance, with a strong cross-disciplinary approach drawing mainly on public law and political science scholarship, and analysing connections between law and policy at the domestic, transnational, and international levels. Recent publications include an article, ‘Democratic Decay: Conceptualising an Emerging Research Field’ in the Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, a monograph, The Alchemists: Questioning Our Faith in Courts as Democracy-Builders (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and policy analysis of ‘Democratic Decay in 2016’ in IDEA’s Annual Review of Constitution-Building. He tweets @DemocracyTalk.


Larry Diamond

Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor, by courtesy, of Sociology and of Political Science at Stanford University

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Mosbacher Senior Fellow in Global Democracy at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. He also chairs the Hoover Institution Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region and is the principal investigator of the Global Digital Policy Incubator, part of Stanford’s Cyber Policy Center. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, where he now leads its Program on Arab Reform and Democracy. During 2017–18, he cochaired, with Orville Schell, a working group formed of researchers from Hoover and from the Asia Society Center on US-China Relations, culminating in the report China’s Influence and American Interests: Promoting Constructing Vigilance (published by the Hoover Institution Press in 2019). He is the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as senior consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Diamond’s research focuses on democratic trends and conditions around the world and on policies and reforms to defend and advance democracy. His latest book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, analyzes the challenges confronting liberal democracy in the United States and around the world at this potential “hinge in history,” and offers an agenda for strengthening and defending democracy at home and abroad.

Diamond is professor by courtesy of Political Science and Sociology at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on democracy and American foreign policy. He is currently offering Comparative Democratic Development as a massive open online course (MOOC) on the edX platform.

During 2002–03, Diamond served as a consultant to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and was a contributing author of its report Foreign Aid in the National Interest. He has also advised and lectured to universities and think tanks around the world, and to the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies dealing with governance and development. During the first three months of 2004, Diamond served as a senior adviser on governance to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. His 2005 book, Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq, was one of the first books to critically analyze America's postwar engagement in Iraq.

Diamond’s other books include In Search of Democracy (2016), The Spirit of Democracy (2008), Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation (1999), Promoting Democracy in the 1990s (1995), and Class, Ethnicity, and Democracy in Nigeria (1989). He has also edited or coedited some fifty books on democratic development around the world. Among them are Democracy in Decline? (2016); Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World (2014); Will China Democratize? (2013); and Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy (2012), all edited with Marc F. Plattner; and Politics and Culture in Contemporary Iran (2015), with Abbas Milani. With Juan J. Linz and Seymour Martin Lipset he edited the four-volume series Democracy in Developing Countries (1988–89), which helped to shape a new generation of comparative study of democratic development.

Diamond writes a monthly column for the American Interest and frequently writes, speaks, and consults about how to defend and reform liberal democracy

He received all of his degrees from Stanford University, including a B.A. in 1974, an M.A. in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1980. He taught Sociology at Vanderbilt University from 1980-85.


Jeffrey Staton

Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Politics

at Emory University

Jeffrey Staton is a professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Politics at Emory University. His research focuses on comparative politics and law and politics. More specifically, he explores the challenges of holding state officials to domestic and international legal limits on their authority through the use of judicial review.

His work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Organization, Comparative Politics, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Journal of Law and Courts, International Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and Journal of Theoretical Politics. His book, Judicial Power and Strategic Communication in Mexico was published by Cambridge University Press.

He emphasizes the value of collaborative research communities in his teaching and research.



Stefanie Lindquist

Executive Director of the ASU Center for Constitutional Design

Stefanie Lindquist is a professor of law and political sciences in the School of Global Politics and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU. Her prior service at ASU includes heading ASU's Global Academic Initiatives as senior vice president in the Office of the Provost (2019 to 2021). In that role, she facilitated ASU's global academic portfolio. She also served as deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs and was Foundation Professor of Law and Political Science at ASU from 2016 to 2019. Before coming to ASU, she was dean and Arch Professor at UGA's School of Public and International Affairs from 2013 to 2016, after serving as interim dean, associate dean for outreach, and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to teaching at the University of Texas, Professor Lindquist taught law and political science at Vanderbilt University. She also served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2013.

She is recognized as an expert on the U.S. Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, and Administrative Law. She has co-authored three books and has authored dozens of published articles and book chapters. Her book, "Measuring Judicial Activism," is the first publication to define the oft-used term quantitatively.

Professor Lindquist was recognized for her exceptional teaching skills at both Vanderbilt University, where she was awarded the Robert Birkby Award for Excellence in Teaching Political Science and served as director of the graduate program and at the University of Georgia, where she was named Professor of the Year (2003) and where she earned its University-Wide Teaching Award in 2002.

Lindquist oversaw the Temple University Law Review, serving as its editor-in-chief. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, she clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia and later practiced law at Latham and Watkins in Washington, D.C. She also served as a research associate at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C. assisting committees of the Federal Judicial Conference in addressing questions of judicial administration.

She earned her Temple JD in 1988 and in 1995 earned her PhD in political science at the University of South Carolina.

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