International Law

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13 on the Death of Hugo Chavez

How Chávez changed my life
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13
Foreign Policy
March 6, 2013

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.

Tom Ginsburg Talks International High Court Activism on HuffPost Live

High Courts, High Stakes
HuffPost Live
March 4, 2013

Like SCOTUS, international high courts tackle issues of constitutionality, looking for balance between the democratic process and protecting individual rights.

Tom Ginsburg

Nussbaum Discusses Capital Punishment in the United States and India

Fatal error
Martha C. Nussbaum
The Indian Express
February 28, 2013

The execution of Afzal Guru on February 9 reopened the question of India's continuing attachment to capital punishment. Like relatively few large industrial democracies, India and the US continue to practise and defend the death penalty. Both recently voted against a UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolition.

Martha C. Nussbaum

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13's NYTimes Op-Ed on Venezuela Prison Riots

Victims, Victims Everywhere
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13
The New York Times
January 31, 2013

Three years ago I was giving a ride home to the sister of my cousin’s girlfriend in Caracas, when we were violently kidnapped and held for ransom overnight.

I prefer not to dwell on the specifics of the experience: the hollow sound of an assault rifle tapping a car window, the voices of terrified loved ones negotiating my life over speakerphone. It could have been much worse.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13 on the Political Afterlife of Hugo Chavez

The Political Afterlife of Hugo Chávez
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13
Foreign Policy
January 23, 2013

In Latin American politics, dying can be a shrewd career move. Just look at Simón Bolívar.

Chinese Website Launches Video Interviews with Ronald Coase

January 17, 2013

Chinese website NetEase has posted a series of video interviews with Ronald Coase. The transcripts and the website are in Chinese, but the interviews were conducted in English. Visit the site at to watch them.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13 on Potential Changes to Geopolitical Landscape, Post-Chavez (in Spanish)

El panorama global después de Chávez
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13
el Universal
January 13, 2013

Antes de que Hugo Chávez surgiera al poder en 1998, los venezolanos nos habíamos  acostumbrado a que los extranjeros supiesen poco acerca de nuestro país.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez '13 on Venezuela's Constitution

Young and Defenseless
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, '13
Caracas Chronicles
January 9, 2013

First things first: that the government of Venezuela should seek to circumvent inconvenient constitutional requirements is to be expected. Tension between a nation’s constitution and its executive are a constant worldwide. After all, a  constitution’s value lies largely in its ability to restrain an executive.

On the Interpretability of Law: Lessons from the Decoding of National Constitutions


Tom Ginsburg
James Melton, Zachary Elkins, Kalev H. Leetaru

An implicit element of many theories of constitutional enforcement is the degree to which those subject to constitutional law can agree on what its provisions mean (call this constitutional interpretability). Unfortunately, there is little evidence on baseline levels of constitutional interpretability or the variance therein.

Tom Ginsburg Discusses the Draft Egyptian Constitution on Worldview

Worldview 12.13.12
December 13, 2012

On Saturday Egyptians will vote in a referendum to approve a new constitution.  Members of the Egyptian opposition have encouraged Egyptians to vote “no.” During the last several weeks Egyptians have taken to the streets to protest the constitution, which was drafted by conservatives. Christians and other groups boycotted the process.

Tom Ginsburg
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