Christian E. Mammen: "The Fig Leaf of Originalism in the US Judicial Process"

Event date
22 February 2023
Event time
15:00 - 16:30
Oxford week
HT 6
Main Quad Board Room - University College

Dr. Christian E. Mammen 

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“Originalism” has long been the rallying cry for the Federalist Society and Republican judicial appointments. Well, actually, not that long. The theory that “original meaning” should provide a basis for interpreting the Constitution and statutes gained currency in the late 1970’s, after the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. With last summer’s Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overruling Roe, the conservative Justices’ adherence to originalism has come under renewed and widespread public scrutiny.

Dr. Christian E. Mammen earned a doctorate in Law from Oxford University in addition to a U.S. law degree. Chris has held visiting faculty positions at UC Hastings School of Law, Berkeley Law School, Stanford Law School, and Oxford University. He clerked for Judge Robert Beezer on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Chris is a recognized thought leader on IP issues. He serves on the Advisory Boards for the annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute, and for the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, the top ranked IP program in the U.S. For the past five years he has been the principal author for the U.S. patent litigation chapter in Kluwer Law International’s Global Patent Litigation treatise. Chris contributed a chapter on artificial intelligence and patent law to The Cambridge Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, a book published in 2022 by Cambridge University Press. He is a co-founder and Executive Board member of the global Oxford Entrepreneurs Network, and serves on the Board of Directors of American Friends of University College, Oxford.

Chris chairs Womble Bond Dickinson’s US Intellectual Property Litigation Group. He also serves on the firm’s Global Board as well as the firm’s Innovation Board.



Chris Mammen will deliver the sixth paper of Hilary Term 2023: "The Fig Leaf of Originalism in the US Judicial Process". The seminar will start at 3:00pm in the Main Quad Board Room of University College (note this is not our regular venue). 

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