Academic conference

Jon Elster, "The Optimal Design of a Constituent Assembly"

This talk was presented on October 16, 2009 at the Conference on Comparative Constitutional Design at the University of Chicago Law School. Jon Elster is Robert K. Merton Professor of Social Sciences at


54:40 minutes (50.05 MB)

Gretchen Helmke, "The Origins of Institutional Crises in Latin America"

This talk was presented on October 16, 2009 at the Conference on Comparative Constitutional Design at the University of Chicago Law School. Gretchen Helmke is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester.


44:19 minutes (40.58 MB)

Shakespeare and the Law: Keynote Discussion featuring Justice Stephen Breyer, Richard Posner, Martha Nussbaum, & Richard Strier

The University of Chicago Law School's "Shakespeare and the Law" conference brought together thinkers from law, literature, and philosophy to investigate the legal dimensions of Shakespeare's plays.


74:21 minutes (68.07 MB)

Barry R. Weingast, "Democratization and Countermajoritarian Institutions"

This talk was presented on October 16, 2009 at the Conference on Comparative Constitutional Design at the University of Chicago Law School. Barry Weingast is Ward C. Krebs Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Roger Myerson (University of Chicago) provided commentary on the paper.


50:24 minutes (46.15 MB)

Stefan Voigt, "Mapping Constitutionally Safeguarded Judicial Independence - A Global Survey"

This talk was recorded on October 17, 2009 as part of the conference Comparative Constitutional Design held at the University of Chicago Law School. Lee Epstein (Northwestern) provides commentary.


44:31 minutes (40.76 MB)

Conference: Creating Capabilities: Sources and Consequences for Law and Social Policy

Date: 
04.23.2010 - 04.24.2010
Location: 
The University of Chicago Law School

This conference, organized by James Heckman, Martha Nussbaum and Robert Pollak, examines a variety of conceptions of human capability, including the Human Development and Capabilities Approach in relation to the recent literature on the economics, neuroscience, and psychology of human development in order to enrich both fields.

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