Past IHR Events
- Does Affirmative Action Create Unfair Advantage?
- Workshop on Martha Nussbaum's 'Political Emotions'
- UCL CLP: The dialogic model of constitutionalism and the system of checks and balances
- Gender, Human Rights, and Cultural Relativism. Tackling the Issues of FGM and Gender Violence in Domestic Law
- HIV/AIDS at Work: I.B. v Greece
- UCL CLP - Whither the Margin of Appreciation?
- Is Prolonged Solitary Confinement Cruel and Inhumane?
- Briatian & Europe Series: Refugee Rights in Europe
UCL CLP: The dialogic model of constitutionalism and the system of checks and balances
Publication date: Mar 11, 2014 3:43:05 PM
Mar 27, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Mar 27, 2014 7:00:00 PM
Location: Bentham House
Numerous countries in the world have, in one way or another, incorporated social and economic rights (SER) in their Constitutions. However, while these Constitutions look modern and rights-rich, they also look old and regressive concerning the organization of governmental power -particularly in what regards the organization of a system of checks and balances. As a consequence, a recurring problem affecting these Constitutions is the “mismatch” between their progressive, 21st century commitments concerning SER and the form of constitutional democracy inherited from the 18th century. In this presentation Roberto Gargarella will examine both the promise of the bill-of-rights sections of these renewed Constitutions and the frustrations generated by the organization-of-powers-sections of the same documents. In particular, he will show how a deliberative conception of democracy and a dialogic understanding of the system of checks and balances can help us make the promise of SER – the achievement of a just society - a reality.
- Professor Roberto Gargarella, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina, and Visiting Levrerhulme Trust Professor, UCL
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