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Cumberland School of Law, Samford University




The year 1991 marks the bicentennial of the American Bill of Rights. For the nation's legal community, including the Federalist Society, this event has provided the occasion for spirited reconsideration of many of the most important questions asked, and answers provided, by our Constitution's framers concerning the eternal problem of securing and maintaining ordered liberty. Of course, American scholars are free to speculate about these questions from within the comfort of a functioning market order and a stable constitutional system. The respective peoples of the emerging democracies of Central and Eastern Europe have no such luxury. In the aftermath of the Glorious Revolutions of 1989, the many countries now shaking off the tyrannical yoke of communism face a real-world "constitutional moment," in which they must choose-perhaps all too quickly-the ideologies and institutions best suited to protecting their hard-won liberty.

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