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UCIS Lecture: Chilean lawyer Javier Couso, Prince Claus Chair

The road less traveled: Historical challenges for the consolidation of constitutionalism and the rule of law in Latin America

Professor Javier A. Couso, professor and director of the Constitutional Law programme at the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile, has been appointed to the Prince Claus Chair of Development and Equity as from 1 September 2014. On 25 March at 16.30 in the Sweelinckzaal (Drift 21) he will give a lecture as part of the UCIS lecture series entitled The road less traveled: Historical challenges for the consolidation of constitutionalism and the rule of law in Latin America.

Couso is a specialist in the field of sociology of law and comparative law, with a focus on constitutional issues in Latin American countries including Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. His areas of interest include judicial independence and human rights. His research, spanning various disciplines, including law, political science, sociology and history, provides insights into what are often difficult transition processes.