Conference: Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes


Open to the public

Conference on Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes
University of Chicago Law School
Co-sponsored by the Chicago Initiative on Regime Practices
and the Center for Latin American Studies

October 21-22, 2011

Constitutions, it is conventionally believed, are institutions that define and limit the boundaries of government.  Yet the formal constitution is an institution adopted by virtually every modern political regime, including many that would appear to have no interest in codifying any form of limitation on government power. We have very little understanding of the logics and dynamics of constitutional design and practice in countries that have “constitutions without constitutionalism”. This conference will explore the roles that constitutions play in authoritarian regimes, drawing on a wide range of cases to try to produce some general conclusions.

All sessions will take place in Law School Classroom V.

Friday, October 21, 2011

9:00-10:40 a.m.        Session I  (audio)

10:40 a.m.                Coffee Break

11:00-12:30 p.m.     Session II (audio)

12:30-1:30 p.m.        Lunch Break

2:00-3:30 p.m.         Session III (audio)

3:30 p.m.                  Coffee Break

3:50-5:20 p.m.         Session IV (audio)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

9:00-10:30 a.m.           Session V (audio)

10:30 a.m.                Coffee Break

10:50-12:20 p.m.     Session VI (audio)