Politics are everywhere. This is a commonplace that echoes in academic debate and research concerning not only legal issues but also other fields such as economics, sociology, and so on. This supposed omnipresence of politics conflicts with the idea of differentiation and autonomy in other areas of social reality. Ideas of autonomy are especially important in discussions about the legal system. This fundamental conflict of approaches to the relationship between politics and law serves as the framework and point of reference of the seminar “Latin-American Constitutionalism: Between Law and Politics”.

The seminar attempts to deal with the relationship between law and politics in the discrete context of Latin American regional constitutional thought. It will address four overarching categories of analysis and debate: “Theoretical Backgrounds and Institutional Design”; “Constitutional Transitions: History, Constituent Power and New Challenges”; “Legal Consistency and Social Adequacy of Constitutional Adjudication” and “Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Domestic Courts in Latin-American: Changeable Entanglements”. Above all, the idea of the event is to be an invitation to take a step back and initiate a more critical reflection on some well-worn presuppositions and arguments embedded in the regional debate on these topics.

The event

This research seminar forms part of the activities organized by Professor Marcelo Neves, the current ASRF Visiting Senior Research Fellow (January-July 2014).

The seminar will be held on July 2 in the main campus of the Glasgow University and consists of three lectures given by Hans Lindahl (Tilburg University), Mariana Mota Prado (Univerity of Toronto) and David Restrepo Amariles (Université Libre de Bruxelles), and four panels of communications given by the selected postgrad students and postdoc researchers (See programme) .


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