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News Posted on September 11, 2013

Associate Dean Amar Comments on Syrian Crisis for CBS-13

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean and Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, answered questions regarding the crisis in Syria for a news report on Sacramento television station CBS-13/CW31. In response to a viewer question as to whether President Obama could take military action without congressional approval, Amar said it was unclear whether this would be within his constitutional authority.

"President Obama might say he has the authority, but some members of Congress disagree, and there are legal scholars on both sides of this issue, so it could go either way," Amar said.

Vikram Amar, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law with the UC Davis School of Law, is a national authority in the fields of constitutional law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, and remedies. His biweekly column for, a leading provider of online legal information, centers on his expertise in constitutional law.