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U.S. Supreme Court justices to spend part of summer teaching, traveling in Europe


Here’s a proposition a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court can agree on, without rancor or regard for ideology: Europe is a good place to spend the summer.

At least five of the nine justices will travel there this summer, mostly to take part in international programs sponsored by U.S. law schools.

Less than a week after the justices broke for summe vacation with a string of ideologically split 5-4 decisions, Justice Samuel Alito was the first to depart for Europe. Alito went to Latvia this week for a conference on judicial reform and a meeting with Prime Minister Aigars Kalvitis.

Chief Justice John Roberts will be in Vienna, Austria, for part of July for the Pennsylvania State University law school summer program, teaching a course on the Supreme Court.

Roberts also is expected in Paris in the middle of this month for an international conference of chief justices.

Justice Anthony Kennedy will be in Salzburg, Austria, where for several years he has taken part in a summer program offered by the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

Justice Antonin Scalia will visit London for Pepperdine University’s summer international program.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will teach a course on comparative constitutional law at Hofstra University’s summer program in Sorrento, Italy.

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