Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship for Professor Roberto Gargarella

23 April 2013

UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship for Professor Roberto Gargarella (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina).

As part of the six-month Visiting Professorship scheduled to start in January 2014, Professor Gargarella will engage in a range of activities, including lectures, workshops, seminar teaching, and skills exchange visits to UK universities that will greatly benefit staff and students at UCL and beyond.

The coordinator of Professor Gargarella’s visiting professorship, Dr Par Engstrom (Lecturer in Human Rights of the Americas at UCL Institute of the Americas) comments on the award: “Professor Gargarella’s distinguished and unique scholarly expertise and innovative methodological approach to the study and teaching of comparative constitutionalism, theory of deliberative democracy, and human rights in the Americas is simply unrivalled. We are delighted to have been offered this generous award by the Leverhulme Trust and to have the opportunity to benefit from the exciting programme of activities during Professor Gargarella’s stay.”

Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL Laws and Co–Director of the UCL Institute for Human Rights) also commented on the award: “Professor Gargarella has made an outstanding contribution in the area of constitutional theory, social rights and democratic theory, and we will be delighted to also host him at the UCL Law Faculty and the UCL Human Rights Institute. We are also extremely pleased that he will give a Current Legal Problems lecture in the Faculty of Laws in 2014.” Dr Mantouvalou is the Joint Editor of Current Legal Problems together with Dr Jeff King and Professor Charles Mitchell.

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 will 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 (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2013).

During the period of the Visiting Professorship, Professor Gargarella will give two designated Leverhulme Lectures based on his recent research on Latin American constitutionalism. The first Lecture will be informed by his recently published book, The Legal Foundations of Inequality: Constitutionalism in the Americas, 1810-1860 by Cambridge University Press (2010). The second lecture will draw on his forthcoming (2013) book with Oxford University Press, Two Hundred Years of Constitutionalism in Latin America, 1810-2010. Professor Gargarella will also offer two specialised one-day methods workshops in collaboration with UCL-IA staff, and he will work closely with UCL Faculty of Laws in relation to his work on the judicial enforcement of social rights. Professor Gargarella also intends to organise an informal series of research seminars for students based on his expertise on the development of Latin American constitutionalism since the era of independence.

The UCL Institute of the Americas is a centre for the promotion and coordination of research and postgraduate teaching on the Americas at UCL. With the integration of the Americas in one institute, combining regional expertise on North and South America and the Caribbean with a comparative, transnational perspective on the Americas as a whole, UCL-IA offers students and associates a distinctive and innovative approach to conventional regional studies by highlighting the historical and contemporary links between the two hemisphere.

For further information on Professor Gargarella’s Leverhulme Professorship please contact Dr Par Engstrom.