About the Center
The Center for Constitutional Governance (CCG) at Columbia Law School is a non-partisan legal and policy organization devoted to the study of constitutional structure and authority. How a government is structured — its division into different levels and branches, and their respective powers, relationships, and constraints — fundamentally determines how well it functions. CCG explores these issues in a range of policy areas, including health care, financial regulation, and national security. CCG’s work is especially timely now, when the contours of federal, state, and private sector authority, and the role of government itself, are at the forefront of national debate.
A central goal of CCG is to provide a forum where academics, government officials, and others can engage with the major constitutional and governance issues of the day. To this end, CCG sponsors conferences, workshops, and other public events that include a wide array of academics, current and former government officials, private practitioners, and nonprofit advocates. CCG’s home at Columbia Law School, one of the country’s premier academic institutions, allows the center to bring together experts from across all sectors and all ideologies to engage in cooperative, cross-disciplinary discussion and debate.
CCG produces many forms of publications, ranging from academic writing to legal briefs to mass media contributions. In addition, CCG sponsors public law workshops for students and faculty and is a center of public law intellectual life at Columbia Law School.