"An Introduction to the Italian Constitutional Court":
Have you been waiting to read Samuel Alito's senior thesis from 1972? Well, here it is. It has an amusing introduction, as these things go, but doesn't seem to say much about Alito's views of U.S. constitutional law. Thanks to Howard B. for the link.

  UPDATE: Roger Alford takes a look at the thesis over at Opinio Juris.
cfw (mail):
Interesting that the thesis is not particularly argumentative. Who in the US can argue with an introduction to what the Italian Constitutional Court is like? What was his major - Italian studies?

Avoidance of the clash might suggest Alito will not search out controvery, like a Scalia.

It is also nice to see he is apparently bilingual, a bit of an internationalist, and a competent researcher and writer from college days.

His background as a debater (intercollegiate?) is also encouraging. It might be interesting to see what topics (one per year) he debated, and the arguments pro and con he presented with his team mate (who went on to be his roommate at Yale). Might be interesting to see how well he did - win any trophies? I suspect he did pretty well, since he went on to be a moot court champ at Yale Law. It might also be interesting to see what "case" he briefed and argued at the Yale moot court event.

If Alito's mom is 90, why is Alito not, say, 60 to 70? Is he the youngest in his family? By a wide margin? Just curious. May help shed light on how he thinks about family planning.
11.9.2005 11:38am
treezycat (mail):
"Italy and indeed Europe is behind the well behind the United States in the study of social sciences"? Puh-leeze...
11.9.2005 1:08pm