Reconsidering the Insular Cases


Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:00am to 5:00pm


Harvard Law School - Milstein West A and B, Wasserstein Hall

Registration required to attend lunch and keynote speech.

Join leading experts in examining the legacy and ways forward from the U.S. Supreme Court decisions of 1901 that gave only partial constitutional protection to Puerto Rico and other U.S. overseas territories, including American Samoa and the Philippines. Keynote address by the Hon. Juan Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

10 a.m.  Conference opening
10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Panel I: History: Perspectives and Lessons

Panelists: Christina Duffy Ponsa (Columbia Law School); Efrén Rivera Ramos (University of Puerto Rico School of Law); Bartholomew H. Sparrow (University of Texas at Austin); Moderator: Tomiko Brown-Nagin (HLS)
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch with Keynote Address, “The Insular Cases: A Declaration of Their Bankruptcy and My Harvard Pronouncement”
Keynote Speaker: Honorable Juan Torruella, U.S. C.A., 1st Circuit
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Panel II: Contemporary Issues Regarding the Territories

Panelists: Chimène Keitner (University of California, Hastings School of Law); Rogers Smith (University of Pennsylvania); Michael Williams, Esq.; Moderator: Gerald Neuman (HLS)
3:05 – 4:35 p.m.

Panel III: The Future Status of Puerto Rico

Panelists: Rafael Cox Alomar, Esq.; Andres López, Esq.; Carlos Gorrín Peralta (Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law)
Moderator: Richard Fallon (HLS)
4:40  p.m.  Closing remarks and end of conference