The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Latin America

ISBN : 9780198786900

Conrado Hubner Mendes; Roberto Gargarella
960 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Mar 2020
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Constitutional law in Latin America embodies a mosaic of national histories, political experiments, and institutional transitions. No matter how distinctive these histories and transitions might be, there are still commonalities that transcend the mere geographical contiguity of these countries. This Handbook depicts the constitutional landscape of Latin America by shedding light on its most important differences and affinities, qualities and drawbacks, and by assessing its overall standing in the global enterprise of democratic constitutionalism. It engages with substantive and methodological conundrums of comparative constitutional law in the region, drawing meaningful comparisons between constitutional traditions. The volume is divided into two main parts. Part I focuses on exploring the constitutions for seventeen jurisdictions, offering a comprehensive country-by-country critique of the historical foundations, institutional architecture, and rights-based substantive identity of each constitution. Part II presents comparative analyses on the most controversial constitutional topics of the region, exploring central concepts in institutions and rights.

The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Latin America is an essential resource for scholars and students of comparative constitutional law, and Latin American politics and history Written by leading experts, it comprehensively examines constitutions, controversies, institutions, and constitutional rights in Latin America.


Part I Constitutions

1 Juan F. Gonzalez Bertomeu: Argentina

2 Joshua Braver: Bolivia

3 Virgilio Afonso da Silva and Thomaz Pereira: Brazil

4 Domingo Lovera Parmo: Chile

5 Antonio Barreto-Rozo: Columbia

6 Bruce M. Wilson and Olman Rodriguez Loaiza: Costa Rica

7 Julio Cesar Guanche: Cuba

8 Daniela Salazar: Ecuador

9 Francisca Pou Gimenez: Mexico

10 Daniel Mendonca: Paraguay

11 Camila Gianella Malca and Ursula Baertl Espinoza: Peru

12 Gianella Bardazano: Uruguay

13 Ana Cristina Nunez M. and Rogelio Perez-Perdomo: Venezuela

Part II Constitutional Controversies

A. Comparing Constitutions in Latin America

14 Roberto Gargarella: Latin American Constitutional Traditions

15 Gabriel L. Negretto: Constitution-Making in Latin America

16 Julio Rios-Figueroa and Andrea Pozas-Loyo: Authoritarian Constitutionalism

17 Javier Couso: Latin American New Constitutionalism

18 Helena Alviar Garcia: Foreign Capital and Constitutions

B. Institutions

19 Marcelo Alegre and Nahuel Maisley: Presidentialism and Hyper-Presidentialism

20 Fernando Limongi and Jose Cheibub: Elections

21 Matthew M.Taylor: Courts and Judicial Independence

22 Gretchen Helmke: Courts and Judicial Manipulation

23 Diana Kapiszewski and Katja Newman: Judicialization of Politics

24 Diana Rodriguez Franco and Cesar Rodriguez Garavito: Strategic Litigation and Social Change

25 Luciana Gross Cunha: Access to Justice

26 Marta Arretche: Federalist and Unitary States

27 Gabriela Lotta and Vanessa Elias de Oliveira: Local Government

28 Rogerio Arantes and Claudio Couto: Constitutions and Public Policies

29 Dawisson Belem Lopes and Mario Schettino Valente: Constitutions and Foreign Affairs

30 Alejandro Chehtman: Constitutions and International Law

C. Rights

31 Laura Clerico: Proportionality and Balancing

32 Maria Paula Saffon: Property and Land

33 Ramiro Alvarez Ugarte: Freedom of expression

34 Diego Werneck Arguelhes and Luiz Fernando Marrey Moncau: Privacy

35 Ramiro Alvarez Ugarte: Right to Information and Transparency

36 Deisy Ventura and Camila Baraldi: Immigration and Citizenship

37 Leonardo Avritzer and Claudia Feres Faria: Political Participation and Democratic Innovation

38 Angel R. Oquendo: Due Process

39 Maira Machado: Prisoners Rights

40 Octavio Luiz Motta Ferraz: Equality

41 Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra: Sex Equality

42 Tanya Kateri Hernandez: Race Discrimination

43 Daniel M. Brinks: Social Rights

44 Alicia Ely Yamin: The Right to Health

45 Danielle H. Rached and Conrado Hubner Mendes: Environment

46 Agustina Ramon Michel: Abortion

47 Daniel Bonilla Maldonado: Multicultural Constitutions

Part III Comparative Viewpoints

48 Jackie Dugard: A View from South Africa

49 Shylashri Shankar: Judicial Independence in Latin America: A View from Asia

50 Tom Ginsburg: Latin American Constitutionalism: A US Perspective

51 Siri Gloppen: A View from Northern Europe

52 Michaela Hailbronner: A View from Western Europe

53 Latin America: The Shifting Constitutional Continenta

About the author: 

Conrado Hubner Mendes is Assistant Professor of Public Law at the University of Sao Paulo. ; Roberto Gargarella is Professor of Law at the University of Buenos Aires and at Torcuato di Tella University in Buenos Aires.

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