Singapore’s Penal Code criminalizes sexual conduct between men. Professor Lynette Chua of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law will talk about her study on how groups mobilize under authoritarian conditions, gain political access, and create a state-sanctioned political event that justified coverage by the state-controlled media.
There was a time when the world spoke of “Venezuelan Exceptionalism.” For nearly half a century—while Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay were military dictatorships, the Andean nations were trapped in a carousel of coups d’état, and violent civil insurgency seemed ubiquitous—Venezuela was South America’s only stable and functional democracy.
Constitutional lawyers tend to study constitutions as sets of legal rules and judicial decisions. But written constitutions are also products, with different design features: they can be more or less detailed, innovative, or ambitious; they can be produced in a more or less inclusive manner; and they can have a short-term expiration date or be designed for the long haul.
Demonstrators on Wednesday gathered in plazas across Venezuela to mourn the death of President Hugo Chavez. While many Venezuelan-Americans are staunchly anti-Chavez, other Latinos see him as a champion of the poor.
When Hugo Chávez first became president of Venezuela I was sixteen years old and just coming into my political consciousness. Now I am in my thirties. Through all that time I can think of no political opinion, no vote, no broad social view that has not been affected -- even defined -- by this singular man and his unstoppable vision. And now he is dead. Officially dead.