Instructor(s): Menaka Guruswamy

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7110H.

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables

Note: Students may enroll in an intensive course that conflicts with a regular course as an exception to the general rule that students may not take courses which conflict on the timetable. Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course and takes precedence over regular courses.

This course probes the phenomenon that is constitutions by considering their formation, endurance and even demise in emerging and established post conflict democracies. It examines countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. What accounts for the differences in their experiences with enduring constitutionalism? By engaging four critical constitutional making choices - the constitution-making processes, fabric of the founding political parties, the role that the judiciaries adopted and the ways in which the militaries were coup proofed- this course attempts to understand why democratic constitutionalism has endured in some divided societies and not in others.

Participants will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on November 22, 2018.

At a Glance

First Term



20 JD


Monday, October 22, 2018: 10:30 - 12:20
Wednesday, October 24, 2018: 2:10 - 4:00
Thursday, October 25, 2018: 10:30 - 12:00
Friday, October 26, 2018: 10:30 - 12:20
Monday, October 29, 2018: 2:10 - 4:00
Tuesday, October 30, 2018: 10:30 - 12:20
Wednesday, October 31, 2018: 12:30 - 2:00
Thursday, November 1, 2018: 2:10 - 4:00