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:: Calls :: Symposium on Constitutional Amendment and Replacement in Latin America, to take place on Sept. 29-30 at the University of Brasilia. Deadline for abstracts: February 8.

This Symposium is convened by Richard Albert (Boston College), Juliano Zaiden Benvindo (Brasilia), Carlos Bernal (Macquarie), and the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S).

Latin American constitutions have endured both formal and informal changes with higher frequency than most if not all other regions of the world. This Symposium offers a space to discuss constitutional amendment and replacement in Latin America from comparative, doctrinal, empirical, historical, international, theoretical and other perspectives. It is also an opportunity to explore the richness and complexity of the vast topography of constitutional developments, experiments and perspectives in the region. Scholars will inquire into the forms, limits and justifications for amendment, revision and replacement of constitutions in Latin America and the distinctions among these categories of change. Scholars will also explore the evolution of constitutional identities in the region, how we should understand the people in the region as well as the implications of the forms constitutional change in Latin America for constitutionalism, democracy and human rights.

Call for Abstracts

Submissions are invited from scholars of all ranks, including doctoral students. Successful applicants will be notified no later than Monday, March 7, 2016.


The convenors intend to publish the papers in an edited book or in a special issue of a law journal. An invitation to participate in this Symposium will be issued to a participant on the following conditions: (1) the participant agrees to submit an original, unpublished paper of 8,000 to 10,000 words consistent with submission guidelines issued by the symposium convenors; (2) the participant agrees to submit a pre-Symposium draft by Monday, August 15, 2016; and (3) the participant agrees to submit a full post-Symposium final draft by Monday, November 21, 2016.

Submission Instructions

Interested scholars should email an abstract no longer than 750 words by Monday, February 8, 2016 to ryan.hynes@bc.edu on the understanding that the abstract will form the basis of the pre-symposium draft to be submitted by Monday, August 15, 2016. Scholars should identify their submission with the following subject line: “Brasilia—Abstract Submission—Amendment and Replacement.”

For additional information check the Symposium’s website

Please direct inquiries in connection with this Symposium to:

Juliano Zaiden Benvindo
University of Brasilia Law School

Carlos Bernal
Macquarie Law School

Richard Albert
Boston College Law School