In this edition of The Leaflet, you will learn about a new book on ideology in immigration, a book (coming soon) on how to make democracy more democratic, and one video featuring a leading scholar who will participate in The Global Summit, a first-of-its-kind event for all students and scholars of constitutionalism.
Every year, I am able to accept one or two invitations to serve as a visiting professor at another law school. Last year, I accepted an appointment in my native Canada as a “Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law” (a great title!) at the University of Toronto. This year, I am pleased to have accepted a position as “Visiting Professor of Law” at the Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo. Circumstances permitting, I will travel to Ecuador in 2021 to teach a course on contemporary constitutionalism.
And here at The University of Texas at Austin, I am entering the second week of the semester. I have 50 excellent students in my first-year course on Constitutional Law.
As always, I welcome your suggestions for collaborations and new programs.
The Global Summit
All students and scholars are welcome to The Global Summit in Constitutionalism to present papers and ideas at our multilingual and multidisciplinary virtual conference. One of the plenary speakers will be Professor Rosalind Dixon (UNSW).
Watch this short video to learn what Professor Dixon has planned for her plenary lecture at The Global Summit. Scroll down for details on how to register.
Do More Codified Rights = Better Democracy?
No. Constitutions are not self-enforcing. Rights protection requires political will, strong institutions, and a culture of the rule of law. No country in the top 10 for codified rights ranks in the top 10 for the quality of democracy.