IA Events

Leverhulme Lecture I - Roberto Gargarella on: Contemporary Constitutionalism in the Americas

Publication date: Dec 16, 2013 11:40:42 AM

Start: Feb 4, 2014 6:30:00 PM
End: Feb 4, 2014 8:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


Professor Roberto Gargarella (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina), is the 2014 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA). During his six-month Visiting Professorship (January-June 2014) Professor Gargarella will engage in a range of activities, including lectures, workshops, seminars, and skills exchange visits to UK universities. The full schedule of events is available here.

This is the first of two Leverhulme Lectures at UCL-IA, co-organised with UCL-Faculty of Laws. Please see the article on the second Leverhulme Lecture on May 6 2014.

This lecture will be informed by his work published in The Legal Foundations of Inequality: Constitutionalism in the Americas, 1810-1860 by Cambridge University Press (2010). The 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).

Professor Roberto Gargarella is a distinguished Argentine lawyer and sociologist. He 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 Gargarella has also been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim scholarship (2000), and a Fulbright scholarship (2010). He has taught at numerous universities, including the New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Bergen University, and Southwestern University. In recent years, Professor Gargarella has specialised in comparative American Constitutionalism and published a number of articles and books that provide the foundations for his visit at UCL, including The Legal Foundation of Inequality: Constitutionalism in the Americas, 1776-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and 200 Years of Latin American Constitutionalism (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.