Academic conference

John Ferejohn and Pasquale Pasquino, "The Italian Model of Constitutional Adjudication"

This talk was presented on October 16, 2009 at the Conference on Comparative Constitutional Design at the University of Chicago Law School.  John Ferejohn is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Stanford University, and Pasquale Pasquino is Global Distinguished Professor of Politics at NYU. David Law (Washington University in Saint Louis) provided commentary on the paper.

This talk was presented on October 16, 2009 at the Conference on Comparative Constitutional Design at the University of Chicago Law School.


47:13 minutes (43.23 MB)

Robert D. Cooter, "General Welfare, Interstate Commerce, and Economic Analysis"

This talk was presented on October 16, 2009 at the Conference on Comparative Constitutional Design at the University of Chicago Law School. Robert Cooter is Herman F. Selvin Professor of Law and Director, Program in Law and Economics at Berkeley Law. David Strauss (University of Chicago Law School) provided commentary on the paper.


37:33 minutes (34.38 MB)

Rosalind Dixon and Richard Holden, "Designing Constitutional Amendment Rules - To Scale"

This talk was presented on October 16, 2009 at the Conference on Comparative Constitutional Design at the University of Chicago Law School. Rosalind Dixon is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.


48:41 minutes (44.58 MB)

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)
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