Sam BookmanSam Bookman is an SJD (doctoral) candidate at Harvard Law School. His research focuses on comparative constitutional law, and in particular, the relationship between constitutional law and state responses to environmental challenges. He is active in practice as a Staff Attorney in the Environment Program at the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.
There is a fine line between suspicion based on the nature of the motivation (seeking direct material change), and the substance of the motivation (commitment to a particular normative position). Once the “scholactivist” label gets thrown around, it may be hard to maintain that distinction. And it is to normative positions which advocate new ideas or change – including those that are reflective or well-considered – to which the label is most likely to attach.Continue reading >>