International Law

Getting to Rights: Treaty Ratification, Constitutional Convergence, and Human Rights Practice

 

Author: 
Tom Ginsburg
with: 
Zachary Elkins, Beth A. Simmons

This Article examines the adoption of rights in national constitutions in the post-World War II period in light of claims of global convergence. Using a comprehensive database on the contents of the world’s constitutions, we observe a qualified convergence on the content of rights.

Ginsburg on Global Trends in Self-Defense Laws

Florida’s Far-Reaching Self-Defense Laws May Be At Front of Global Trend
Joyce Hackel
PRI's The World
July 15, 2013

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman’s recent acquittal was based on a state law in Florida giving citizens the option of using deadly force in self-defense.

That Florida development may be at the front of a global trend, says University of Chicago law professor Tom Ginsburg.

Faculty: 
Tom Ginsburg

Tom Ginsburg, "An International Court for Constitutional Law"

Constitutions are quintessentially national documents, expressing the fundamental values of a sovereign people. They are traditionally interpreted and enforced by local constitutional courts.


59:04 minutes (54.08 MB)

Tom Ginsburg, "An International Court for Constitutional Law"

Constitutions are quintessentially national documents, expressing the fundamental values of a sovereign people. They are traditionally interpreted and enforced by local constitutional courts.

Justice Albie Sachs, "Same Sex Marriage Decision in South Africa"

Justice Albie Sachs of the Constitutional Court of South Africa discussed the Fourie case, gay rights, and the same-sex marriage decision in South Africa. This lecture was recorded on April 9, 2013.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13's Advice to Arab Spring Countries

Four Arab Democrats and a Constitutional Scholar Walk Into a Bar
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, '13
Foreign Policy
May 6, 2013

Barkeep! Five araks over here, please. Plus some tabouli and figs. What's that? Oh sorry, my mistake. Let's make that one arak, four iced teas ... Actually, forget the arak. Make mine a Cuba Libré. Virgin. Thanks. 

Kalantry Discusses New Documentary "It's a Girl"

It’s a Trick
Sital Kalantry
Slate.com
May 6, 2013

Pro-choice groups love this movie. Its director worked for a pro-life ministry. How did that happen?

Eric Posner on the Alien Tort Statute

The United States Can’t Be the World’s Courthouse
Eric Posner
Slate
April 24, 2013

Two things America is known for—its love of lawsuits and its delight in meddling in the affairs of other countries—led to a strange form of litigation in which foreigners bring suits in U.S. courts against other foreigners, for human rights violations in foreign countries.

Faculty: 
Eric Posner

Justice Albie Sachs, "Same Sex Marriage Decision in South Africa"

Justice Albie Sachs of the Constitutional Court of South Africa discussed the Fourie case, gay rights, and the same-sex marriage decision in South Africa. This lecture was recorded on April 9, 2013.


68:30 minutes (62.72 MB)

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13 on Latin America’s ‘Wiki-constitutionalism’

Latin America’s ‘Wiki-constitutionalism’
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, '13
Miami Herald
April 21, 2013

Latin America has the world’s most tortuous constitutional history. According to a study of constitutions around the world by Jose Luis Cordeiro, 19 of the 21 Latin American nations have had at least five constitutions, 11 have written at least 10, and five countries have adopted 20 or more.

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