International Law and Constitution-Making Symposium


Can international law affect constitution-making processes carried out by sovereign states? Should such processes follow international human rights law and international economic law? If so, how? Is sovereignty at risk when states cede to international organizations too much power and influence?

The Rutgers Center for Transnational Law and The Diego Portales School of Law (Chile) will host a symposium that will analyze these and other questions concerning the role of international law in the drafting of new constitutions, with a focus on the constituent process that is currently taking place in Chile?one that scholars around the world follow with great anticipation, as it is the first process in the world which has full gender parity and an enhanced role for indigenous peoples. By convening comparative constitutional scholars and international lawyers, we plan to discuss and reflect on the risks and possibilities that international law poses to countries that use international law in their constituent processes.

Professor Richard Albert from the University of Texas and Professor Mila Versteeg from the University of Virginia School of Law will give the Edward J. Bloustein Jurisprudence Lectures as part of the symposium.

This event is sponsored by the Edward J. Bloustein Jurisprudence Lecture Fund. Co-sponsored by Sponsored by the American Society of International Law ? Latin America Interest Group and The Chilean Chapter of the International Society of Public Law.

Date and Location

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 9:00am to 5:30pm