Mission

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan once called the rediscovery of state constitutions and state declarations of rights "the most important development in constitutional jurisprudence in our time." Beyond the borders of the United States, the collapse of communism and the transition of other countries from authoritarian rule has led to a renewed interest in constitutional design and, in newly-emergent federal systems, to a particular interest in subnational constitutions. To provide leadership in this field, Rutgers University's Camden campus has formed the Center for State Constitutional Studies. The Center is an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to promoting public understanding of American state constitutions and of subnational constitutions in other federal systems. It conducts research dealing with American state constitutions and other subnational constitutions and disseminates this research through an extensive publications program. It also provides consultation services and presents public education programs on state and subnational constitutions.