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18:30 - 20:30 6 May 2014

Leverhulme Lecture II-Roberto Gargarella on Two Centuries of Constitutional Debates in the Americas


Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Prof Roberto Gargarella, A distinguished Argentine lawyer and sociologist, Roberto has doctoral degrees from Universidad de Buenos Aires (1991) and University of Chicago (1993). He also holds Master Degrees from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO, 1990) and University of Chicago (LLM, 1992). Professor Gargarella pursued his post-doctoral studies at Balliol College, Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Joseph Raz (1994). In Oxford he also worked with Professor G.A. Cohen, following collaborative research with a group of ‘Analytical Marxists’, which he had begun in the United States, together with Professors Jon Elster and Adam Przeworski.

Professor Roberto Gargarella is the 2014 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of the Americas.

This lecture will draw on Professor Gargarella’s recently published book with Oxford University Press "Two Hundred Years of Constitutionalism in Latin America, 1810-2010"

Professor Gargarella will discuss some analytical tools and provide historical information in order to understand what happened in these two hundred years with regard to the making of new constitutions. The idea will be to show that these were not years of “constitutional chaos”, but rather of tension and confrontation between different projects concerning the organization of societies. Afterwards Professor Gargarella will critically asses the evolution of constitutionalism in Latin America.

This is the second of two Leverhulme Lectures at UCL Institute of the Americas which is co-organised with UCL-Faculty of Laws. The first Leverhulme Lecture is on Tuesday 4 February.


Oscar Martinez
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