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Ilya Shapiro

Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow and director of constitutional studies at the Manhattan Institute. Previously he was executive director and senior lecturer at the Georgetown Center for the Constitution, and before that a vice president of the Cato Institute, director of Cato’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, and publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review.

Shapiro is the author of Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court (2020), coauthor of Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (2014), and editor of 11 volumes of the Cato Supreme Court Review (2008-18). He has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law & Public PolicyWashington PostLos Angeles TimesUSA TodayNational Review, and Newsweek. He also regularly provides commentary for various media outlets and once appeared on the Colbert Report.

Articles By Ilya Shapiro

Even Jew-haters have Free Speech, But…

January 2, 2024

Even antisemites have the right to free speech.  Since the Hamas massacre of 1,200 people in Israel on October 7, they have been taking full advantage of that right. Especially on college campuses. Pro-Palestinian groups have harassed and even assaulted Jewish students; protesters have interrupted courses and taken over buildings; Ivy League professors have called […]

Video: The Supreme Court – Polarized or Pragmatic?

July 19, 2022

The Supreme Court has been in transition for nearly a decade. It has been impacted by politics, “cancel culture” and what appears to be a lack of historical perspective among court-watchers and activists. From its origins as a quiet authority on the constitutionality of bills passed by the legislature and signed into law, it has […]

Video: The Supreme Court – 2020 Decisions and their Impact

July 15, 2020

 This year the U.S. Supreme Court “really became [Chief Justice John] Roberts’ court,”  Ilya Shapiro believes. Roberts, appointed by President George W. Bush, “was in the majority more than anyone.” Contrary to criticism from some conservatives, Roberts’ functioned overall as the court’s anchor, not weathervane, Shapiro told about 200 participants in a July 15 […]

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