Winter 2014 Class Descriptions
As of 12/21/2014 5:16:07 AM
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.