Gerald Rosenberg on the 2012 U.S. Election and the Court
 On November 8th, Professor Gerald Rosenberg presented an open lecture in Law School of Shandong University. The lecture, as the ninth series activity hosted by UChicago-Shandong University Culture Center, focused on the 2012 U.S. Election and the Court.
Professor Gerald Rosenberg examined the relationship between the composition of the individuals and groups that supported the winner of the November 6, 2012, U.S. presidential election, from the perspective of states, gender, age, ethnicity, nations and so on. He mainly focused on the independence of court in U.S. The independence of the U.S. Supreme Court is widely understood to be essential for the rule of law. Gerald Rosenberg explained the formal and informal mechanisms that support judicial independence in the United States. Among others, life tenure of the judges, well-paid salary, code of ethics, trails open to public, media coverage are working to ensure the judicial independence. Nevertheless, Gerald Rosenberg reminded the audience the weakness of and challenges faced with judicial independence, by quoting The Federalist Paper. The inspiring and motivating lecture brought about a lot of questions, concerning the independence of jury member, the elections and so on.
After the lecture, Gerald Rosenberg attended a meeting with faculty from Law and Political Science and Public Administration. Gerald Rosenberg and James Withrow introduced the Summer Program in University of Chicago and the 2013 Summer School in Law and Economics at University of Chicago Law School. Faculty exchanged opinions on the further cooperation and cultural exchanges.

Gerald Rosenberg is Associate Professor of Political Science and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago with interests in American politics and public law. Trained as both a political scientist and a lawyer, he earned a master’s degree in Politics and Philosophy from Oxford University, a law degree from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in Political Science from Yale University. 
His main focus is on the use of courts to further the rights and interests of the relatively disadvantaged. His book The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? overturns a generation of conventional wisdom about the impact of court decisions. The book was awarded the Wadsworth Publishing Award by the American Political Science Association for making a lasting contribution to the field of law and courts.

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