The Problem of the Presidency

Does the US constitutional system make it possible to hold a president accountable? Join us for an informal talk with retired UW lecturer Stuart Streichler, JD, PhD. In this presentation for UWRA members and their guests, Streichler will consider the historical roots of what he calls “the problem of the presidency” and explain how and why current events lay bare the obstacles in holding American presidents accountable for their actions.

This program will be held in the auditorium of University House at Issaquah.

Our speaker, Stuart Streichler, is the author of Presidential Accountability in Wartime: President Bush, the Treatment of Detainees, and the Laws of War (2023, University of Michigan Press). He has taught constitutional law, American politics, and human rights at the University of Washington (Bothell and Seattle) and as a Fulbright scholar at Tohoku University in Japan.
Previously, he practiced law in Washington, DC, where, among other things, he participated in constitutional litigation before the Supreme Court.

Accessibility Notes: This presentation will be held at University House Issaquah, which is fully accessible to wheelchairs and walkers. The speaker’s voice will be amplified. Free, accessible parking is available in front of the building and in the building’s garage.