Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

LLILAS Faculty Book Talk: “The DNA of Constitutional Justice in Latin America: Politics, Governance, and Judicial Design”

Fri, April 20, 2018 | 2nd Floor Conference Room, Benson Latin American Collection, SRH Unit 1

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

In recent times, there has been a dramatic change in the nature and scope of constitutional justice systems in the global south. New or reformed constitutions have proliferated, protecting social, economic, and political rights. While constitutional courts in Latin America have traditionally been used as ways to limit power and preserve the status quo, the evidence shows that they are evolving into a functioning part of contemporary politics and a central component of a system of constitutional justice.

This book lays bare the political roots of this transformation, outlining a new way to understand judicial design and the very purpose of constitutional justice. Co-authors Daniel M. Brinks and Abby Blass use case studies drawn from nineteen Latin American countries over forty years to reveal the ideas behind the new systems of constitutional justice. They show how constitutional designers entrust their hopes and fears to dynamic governance systems, in hopes of directing the development of constitutional meaning over time. William Forbath, Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair at Texas Law and professor in the Department of History, will serve as discussant.

Daniel Brinks is associate professor of government, specializing in the fields of comparative politics and public law. His research focuses on the role of the law and courts in supporting or extending human rights and many of the basic rights associated with democracy, with a primary regional interest in Latin America.
Abby Blass is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research areas are comparative and American judicial politics.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Paloma Díaz. To RSVP and receive event updates via Facebook, visit The DNA of Constitutional Justice in Latin America.

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