Chicago's Best Ideas with Tom Ginsburg, "How about 'An International Court for Constitutional Law?'"

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 12:15pm
Room II

Constitutions are quintessentially national documents, expressing the fundamental values of a sovereign people. They are traditionally interpreted and enforced by local constitutional courts. Yet increasingly constitutions must be understood in a transnational environment: they are produced with the help of international actors; they are interpreted by international bodies and foreign states; and they are even enforced from abroad on occasion.  In this context, a particularly interesting development is a recent proposal by the President of Tunisia to establish a formal international court to adjudicate constitutional issues. The talk will consider this proposal.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Contact Rebecca Klaff at 773-834-4326 for special assistance.

Tom Ginsburg