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Constitutional Law

Other Constitutional Rights

Other Constitutional Rights

Learn about the Contracts Clause, the Bill of Attainder and Ex Post Facto Clauses, and the unconstitutional conditions doctrine.


The Bill of Rights and the Reconstruction Amendments dominate modern discussions of constitutional rights, and rightly so. But the original Constitution, both in its text and interpretation, also creates important limits on government conduct that are akin to the individual rights we have encountered in other lessons. In this lesson, we briefly explore four of those constraints, which are the Bill of Attainder Clauses, the Ex Post Facto Clauses, the Contracts Clause, and the doctrine of...