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Winter 2011 Class Descriptions

As of 6/24/2018 5:52:32 AM

Global Constitutionalism

The idea of a constitution has dominated the liberal imagination since

the enlightenment. From South Africa to Pakistan, from India to Iran,

every government claiming legitimate rule has one today, even if only

in name. Some scholars suggest that even the EU, the UN, and the WTO

have constitutional status. But what does it mean to have a

constitution? Where does the idea of a constitution come from and how

far can it be stretched? What does the practice of constitutional law

in the United States share with other forms of constitutionalism

around the globe? In what way, for example, does a constitutional

right in the United States differ from a constitutional right elsewhere?

From foundations to the cutting edge, the seminar will explore these

and other questions of constitutionalism around the world. Along the

way, we will also draw on the practical and scholarly expertise of

several international speakers who will join the seminar over the

course of the term.

2.00 hours