Comparative Constitutional Design (SC)
In this seminar, we will explore the content and enforcement of constitutions around the world, with a particular focus on Colombia (and Latin America more broadly). The seminar explores the most salient features of most modern constitutions, how these documents have evolved over time, and how courts have sought to enforce them. These developments, we will find, stand in stark contrast with the origins and trajectory of the U.S. Constitution. We will also discuss how most countries deal with issues such as federalism, presidentialism, checks and balances, and rights, including social rights. Throughout we will focus on the Colombian Constitution and the Colombian Constitutional Court, which has received a lot of attention globally for its progressive social rights decisions and judicial activism more generally. Professor Sanchez is usually based in Colombia and has litigated a number of cases before the Constitutional Court.
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.
**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.