Historically, the Supreme Court and the issue of judicial nominations has been a much more powerful one for Republican than Democrats. That may change this year, but of course in 2016, the Scalia vacancy and question about who would get to appoint his successor won Trump the election – Ilya Shapiro, director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, pointed out in a conversation with Lénárd Sándor.
Ilya SHAPIRO is the director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute and publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review. He is the author of Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court (2020), co‐author 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)
We originally wanted to speak only about your newly published book but life stepped in. We recently received the news that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. She was a symbol of resilience and dedication. What memories do you have on her?
I think there are many parallels to Justice Antonin Scalia passing four years ago. She is a legal giant,
hero of the progressive side and a trailblazing lawyer for the women’s right movement.
Even when you disagree with her, you could tell that she put a lot of thought, efforts, research and professionalism into everything she did. She was also a very kind person too with a very good personal reputation.