The Clash Between Liberal and Radical Constitutionalism in Contemporary Latin America

CLAS Course for Spring 2016

Javier Couso.
Javier Couso.

Javier Couso
"The Clash Between Liberal and Radical Constitutionalism in Contemporary Latin America"

 

Soon after the so-called 'wave of democratization' swept Latin America (in the 1980s and early 1990s), a consensus on liberal constitutionalism developed in the region. This consensus was, however, interrupted by the emergence (over the last decade) of a kind of 'radical constitutionalism' in the so-called 'Bolivarian Republics' of Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Nicaragua. The course will analyze these two contrasting types of constitutionalism (and their impact on democratic politics) currently at work in Latin America.

Javier Couso received his Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley.  He is Professor of Law and Director of the Constitutional Law Program at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile).  Professor Couso is a specialist in the sociology of law and comparative law, with a focus on constitutional issues in Latin American countries including Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru.

This course is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley, and the Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University.

1 unit, pass/no pass
February 2016, Thursdays 4:00 - 7:00 pm


TO APPLY:

If you would like to be considered for enrollment in the course please submit the following information via email to jsullivan@berkeley.edu as soon as possible: 

For GRADUATE STUDENTS

Name, SID, Department, Year, and a paragraph about why you are interested in taking the seminar.

For UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Name, SID, Major, GPA, and a paragraph about why you are interested in taking the seminar.