Conrado Hübner Mendes, Roberto Gargarella, and Sebastián Guidi (2022)
This handbook is an authoritative introduction to the constitutional law landscape in Latin America, adopting a multi-jurisdictional approach to the analysis of constitutions and constitutional traditions in seventeen Latin American countries. The book sheds light on the region’s most important differences, affinities, qualities, and drawbacks, and assesses its overall standing in the global enterprise of democratic constitutionalism. A team of regional constitutional law experts have contributed to the book which engages with substantive and methodological conundrums of comparative constitutional law within the region.
Constitutional law in Latin America embodies a mosaic of national histories, political experiments, and institutional transitions. No matter how distinctive these histories and transitions might be, there are still commonalities that transcend the mere geographical contiguity of these countries.
This Handbook depicts the constitutional landscape of Latin America by shedding light on its most important differences and affinities, qualities and drawbacks, and by assessing its overall standing in the global enterprise of democratic constitutionalism. It engages with substantive and methodological conundrums of comparative constitutional law in the region, drawing meaningful comparisons between constitutional traditions. The volume is divided into two main parts. Part I focuses on exploring the constitutions for seventeen jurisdictions, offering a comprehensive country-by-country critique of the historical foundations, institutional architecture, and rights-based substantive identity of each constitution. Part II presents comparative analyses on the most controversial constitutional topics of the region, exploring central concepts in institutions and rights.
The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Latin America is an essential resource for scholars and students of comparative constitutional law, and Latin American politics and history Written by leading experts, it comprehensively examines constitutions, controversies, institutions, and constitutional rights in Latin America.
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