The Life and Times of Judicial Independence in Latin America

Javier Couso

Title Conditional: The Life and Times of Judicial Independence in Latin America
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm | 223 Moses Hall

Decades after Guillermo O’Donnell and others denounced the dangers of the “(un) rule of law” in Latin America, judicial independence faces even greater challenges. In his talk, Professor Couso will provide an overview of this critical element of the rule of law, highlighting what’s at stake as well as advancing ideas on why judicial independence has proven so elusive in most of Latin America.

Javier Couso is Professor of Law at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile), and the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity at Utrecht University (Holland). He teaches socio-legal studies, comparative constitutional law, and human rights.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley, and the Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University.


Javier Couso speaks at UC Berkeley, February 2016.

Javier Couso speaks at UC Berkeley, February 2016. (Photo by Diana Lopez.)

Javier Couso addresses the group at his talk on judicial independence in Latin America, February 2016.

Javier Couso addresses the audience at his talk on judicial independence in Latin America, February 2016. (Photo by Diana Lopez.)

Javier Couso speaks with Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies Harley Shaiken, February 2016.

Javier Couso speaks with Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies Harley Shaiken, February 2016. (Photo by Diana Lopez.)

Javier Couso and audience members engage after the discussion, February 2016.

Javier Couso and audience members engage after the discussion, February 2016. (Photo by Diana Lopez.)

A statue of Justice in Veracruz, Mexico. (Photo by cazucito.)
A statue of Justice in Veracruz, Mexico. (Photo by cazucito.)