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.
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).
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UCL - Institute of the Americas
co-ordinating teaching and research on the Western Hemisphere. Its
wide coverage of the Americas includes the United States and Latin
America, the Caribbean and Canada, offering an opportunity to acquire
in-depth and multi-disciplinary knowledge of the Americas that is
unique in Europe.