LACIS Lunchtime Lecture: “Half a century later: Taking stock of the impact of the coup d’etat on Chile’s politics and constitutional order”

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206 Ingraham Hall
@ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Javier Couso Salas

Presented by Tinker Visiting Professor of Law, Javier Couso 

About the presentation: In the context of the commemoration of the 50 years of the September 11, 1973, coup d’état in Chile, the presentation will analyze the enduring legacy of the military regime in the country’s politics and constitucional order, with a especial focus on the way Chile’s radical versión of neoliberal economics was constitutionalized, something which has made constitucional change a sine qua non condition for social and economic change.

About the presenter: Javier Couso is Professor of Law at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile) and Professor of Global Trends in Constitutionalism at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). A specialist in comparative constitutional law and socio-legal studies (with an emphasis on Latin American constitutionalism), he is currently an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL), having served on the Executive Committee of the Law and Society Association (LSA) and the International Association of Constitutional Law (AIDC). Couso has been a visiting professor at the University of California-Berkeley; the University of Melbourne; and Leiden University (among others). In 2014-2015, he was a consultant to the United Nations on the Yemen constituent process, which was followed by his role as constitutional advisor to Michelle Bachelet’s government in Chile (2015-2018). He is also regular contributor to the constitution-making program of International IDEA. Professor Couso is the author of dozens of academic articles and several books, including “Constitutional Law in Chile” (Wolters Kluwer), and, with Alexandra Huneeus and Rachel Sieder, the editor of “Cultures of Legality: Judicialization and Political Activism in Contemporary Latin America” (Cambridge University Press).


Co-sponsored by the Law School, and the Human Rights Program at UW-Madison.