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18:30 - 20:30 4 February 2014

Leverhulme Lecture I - Roberto Gargarella on Contemporary Constitutionalism 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 present a picture of where Latin America stands in terms of constitutional organization, with particular attention to the evolution of Latin American constitutionalism in the period from the 1970s, characterised by state terror, until the present. Professor Gargarella will offer a critical reading of this evolution, highlighting the luminous innovations that appear in this process (social, economic and multicultural rights; a new concern for human rights) as well as its shadows or dark aspects (strengthening of hyper-presidentialism; and an overwhelming concern with formal rights).

This is the first of two Leverhulme Lectures at UCL-IA, co-organised with UCL-Faculty of Laws. The second Leverhulme Lecture is Tuesday 6 May.


Oscar Martinez
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