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Ashley Parrish a Featured Speaker at Sixth Annual Transatlantic Forum

30 Jan 2013

ARLINGTON, Va., January 30, 2012 — Ashley C. Parrish, a partner at King & Spalding, will be a panelist at the Sixth Annual Transatlantic Forum at George Mason University in Arlington, Va., February 15-16. The topic of the conference is “The Rule of Law and the Administrative State in Crisis.” The event is presented by the Law and Economics Center of George Mason Law School and the Council on Public Policy. It is co-sponsored by The Federalist Society.

In the wake of an international fiscal and financial crisis that is well into its fifth year, public institutions in the United States and Europe that are expected to abide by rule-of-law norms and values have come under acute stress and have often failed to live up to reasonable norms of lawful government. At the forum, prominent experts from both sides of the Atlantic will discuss what lies behind this “outbreak of institutional improvisation.”

Parrish will serve on a panel titled “A Rule of Law--or Bargains?”, exploring whether modern democracies and economies can still be steered through formal rules, or whether political or economic bargains within intergovernmental “networks” and with private (regulated) parties are the only plausible means of translating democratic decisions into administrative practice.

Parrish is an appellate lawyer in King & Spalding’s Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm’s national appellate practice. He focuses on appellate, administrative and constitutional law; on the preparation of high-risk cases for eventual appeal; and on strategic, complex litigation.

The Transatlantic Law Forum is a joint venture between the Law and Economics Center at George Mason Law School in Arlington, Va., the Council on Public Policy in Bayreuth, Germany. The TLF aims to create a transatlantic community of lawyers, judges, policymakers, scholars and journalists with an abiding interest in questions of constitutionalism and constitutional government. Conferences alternate between George Mason Law School and Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany.

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