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LAWS 7860 How Constitutions Change (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Constitutions change in ways both seen and unseen. They change when political actors trigger the process of constitutional amendment in order to alter the constitutional text.They change when the Supreme Court interprets a constitutional provision in a way that departs from the prevailing understanding.They change also when the people topple the regime and adopt a new constitution. This advanced course in constitutional law will study the many forms of constitutional change—amendment, revision,interpretation, evolution and revolution—from comparative, doctrinal,historical and theoretical perspectives. There will be a mix of lecture and discussion, with the objective of fostering a stimulating, challenging, and mutually-supportive setting for a productive,provocative and respectful exchange of ideas. The final examination will be essay-based.


Instructor(s): Albert

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 18-Feb-16