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Colombian Constitutional Law: Leading Cases (Hardback)
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Colombian Constitutional Law: Leading Cases (Hardback)

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Hardback 448 Pages / Published: 20/04/2017
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This book provides in English the case law of the Colombian Constitutional Court, which has become one of the most creative and important courts of the global south and the world since its creation in 1991. It offers concise and carefully chosen extracts of the Court's most important cases, along with notes and introductory materials to place them in historical and comparative context. The book covers the Court's landmark rights jurisprudence, including the decriminalization of drug possession, the legalization of same-sex marriage, the protection of social rights through broad structural orders such as the ones covering internally displaced persons and the right to health. It also covers the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples to cultural autonomy and to be consulted before economic projects are undertaken on their land, and the rights of victims of the country's long-running internal armed conflict to truth, justice, and reparations. Also provided are the Court's most noteworthy structural cases, particularly its successful attempt to limit the use of states of exception and its substitution of the constitution doctrine, which allows it to strike down amendments that replace rather than amending core principles of the existing constitutional order. The materials focus on the Court's contributions in a comparative perspective, showing how they are exemplary of a range of problems faced by courts around the world and particularly as an example of aggressive judicial review by the courts of the global south. At the same time, they demonstrate how many of the Court's key cases - such as the judicial review of the peace process with guerrilla groups or the striking down of an amendment to allow a popular president to seek a third term - are reactions to the historical features of the Colombian legal and social landscape.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190640361
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 946 g
Dimensions: 256 x 195 x 30 mm


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For the last several decades the Colombian Constitutional Court has created some of the most bold and humane constitutional jurisprudence on the planet. Sadly, the reach and influence of this remarkable body of work has been limited by the lack of readily available translations. It is a cause for rejoicing that Colombian Constitutional Law now remedies this unfortunate barrier. * Robert C. Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale University Law School *
Prepared by two leading experts on Colombian constitutional law, this volume will become an absolutely essential research and teaching tool in the comparative constitutional canon. With fluid and readable translations, it affords insights into the background and jurisprudence of one of the most innovative constitutional courts in the world - excerpting case-law on social welfare rights, on 'unconstitutional states of affairs' (suffered by a massive internally displaced people), on victim's and indigenous rights, and on other rights of personal liberty (including freedom of expression), equality, and dignity. Other chapters illustrate the Court's effort to reinvigorate a weakened legislature and restrain an over-empowered executive. Constitutional theorists will find much to learn as well in the closing chapter on unconstitutional amendments. Highly recommended! * Vicki C. Jackson, author of Constitutional Engagement in a Transnational Era *
This valuable collection of materials and commentary on the work of the Colombian Constitutional Court makes accessible to students of comparative constitutional law a wide range of the work of one of the world's most interesting and important courts. The work of everyone in the field of comparative constitutional law will be deepened by reflecting upon the cases and materials provided here. * Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School *

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