Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, and Deputy Dean, University of Chicago Law School
Chevron Auditorium, International House — 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley
About the Lecture The founding fathers were political theorists of the highest order, and founded the modern era of constitutional design. But how have their propositions fared over the course of the subsequent two centuries, in which over 900 constitutions … ContinuedChevron Auditorium, International House - 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley Berkeley Graduate Lectures email@example.com false MM/DD/YYYY
About the Lecture
The founding fathers were political theorists of the highest order, and founded the modern era of constitutional design. But how have their propositions fared over the course of the subsequent two centuries, in which over 900 constitutions have been written? This lecture summarizes empirical work on constitutions relevant to the founders’ conjectures about design.
About Tom Ginsburg
Professor Ginsburg is one of the world’s leading scholars in the field of constitutional studies, particularly renowned for his work in the field of comparative law-and-society studies. He is one of America’s foremost experts on Japanese law and on Asian judicial institutions. Among his many publications are the books Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003), an acknowledged classic in the field that was the winner of the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association; The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009), also awarded a best book prize by the APSA; Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes (2014); and Law and Development in Middle-Income Countries (2014).
At the University of Chicago he also serves as the Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar and Professor of Political Science, and as Deputy Dean of Law. He was appointed in 2011 as Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, and he is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Currently, he is co-director of the Comparative Constitutions Project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and aims to collect and compare the constitutions of all independent nation-states since 1789.