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SELA is an annual gathering in Latin America of top legal scholars from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States.  Papers are written for the seminar in English and Spanish or Portuguese and are published in a Spanish-language book following the discussions.

Our next meeting takes place from June 11 - 14, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro and features sessions discussing the overarching theme of "Inequality."

Session 1: Equal Access to Social Resources and Markets

Amy Kapczynski – Intellectual Property and Inequality (English) (Spanish)

Iñigo de la Maza – In What Respect? Inequality in Contracts of Adhesion (Spanish) (English)

Vivian Neptune –  Digital Divide and Access to Justice (Spanish) (English)

Commentator: Constanza Salgado

Session 2: Democracy Roundtable

Luís Roberto Barroso – The History of the Concept of Equality in Brazil

Commentators: Calixto Salomão Filho and Oscar Vilhena Vieira

Session 3: Inequality across Nations

Alberto do Amaral Jr. –  International Distributive Justice (English)

Jorge Contesse – Subsidiarity and Inequality (English)

Paulina Ochoa – Borders Matter Morally: Territory, Citizenship and Legal Equality (English) (Spanish)

Commentator: Jaime Couso

Session 4: Inequality and Criminal Sanctions

Fiona Doherty – The Role, Use, and Effect of Probation in the US Criminal System (English) (Spanish)

Chloé Georas – Automated Profiling: Preemptive Racism in the Development of Predictive Technologies Against “Bad Communities" (English) (Spanish)

Catalina Pérez Correa – Prisons from a Gender Perspective (Spanish) (English)

Commentator: Leonardo Filippini

Session 5: The Failures of Latin American Neoconstitutionalism?

Javier Couso – Back to the Future? The Return of Sovereignty and the 'Principle of Non-intervention in the Internal Affairs of the States' in Latin America's 'Radical Constitutionalism' (Spanish) (English)

Roberto Gargarella – Too Much “Old” in the “New” Latin American Constitutionalism (Spanish) (English)

Daniela Salazar – ‘Mi Poder en la Constitución’: Perverting the Rule of Law in Ecuador (Spanish) (English)

Commentator: Carlos Portugal Gouvêa

Keynote Address

Jedediah Purdy – Why Does Inequality Matter for Democracy?
Duke University School of Law

Session 6: Inequality and Positive Rights

Diego Gil McCawley: Right to Housing and Regulatory Minimalism in Chile (Spanish) (English)

Ezequiel Nino: Reflections on the Political Representation of the ‘Villas de Emergencia' of Buenos Aires (Spanish) (English)

Commentator: Ana Paula de Barcellos

Session 7: Unequal Consequences of Violent Conflict

Renata Bregaglio: When the Court Isn't Watching: Reparations as Differentiating Factor in Peruvian Post-Conflict Society (Spanish) (English)

Eleonora Lozano: Legal Perspectives for Peace in Colombia: Some Pro-Equality Economic Considerations (Spanish) (English)

Commentator: Sebastián Elias


July 15, 2014

SELA Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Peru

Scholars and lawyers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, and the United States met in Peru to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SELA - The Seminar in Latin America on Constitutional and Political Theory (SELA).
July 9, 2013

Yale Law School Doctoral Scholarship Conference - Call for Papers

The 3rd Doctoral Scholarship Conference at Yale Law School will be held in New Haven on December 6 and 7, 2013. The theme is Law & Uncertainty. Please see the call for papers for more details and instructions on how to submit abstracts for consideration. Current doctoral students in law and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
July 1, 2013

La misión democrática de la universidad

The talk Owen Fiss gave in 2011 at Universidad de Buenos Aires on the occasion of his honorary doctorate and the first Carlos Nino lecture has been drawing a lot of interest, so we decided to post the Spanish translation recently published in the journal Academia.
September 19, 2012

Program for SELA 2013

SELA 2013 will be held from June 6 - 9, 2013. Details regarding location will be announced in October, but the intellectual program is already available.
May 10, 2012

SELA 2012 Papers and Program

The final program for SELA 2012 in Mexico City is up. Based on the quality of the papers we anticipate productive discussions of topics ranging from liberalism, democratic institution-building, and the limits of state regulation, to the role of law in the face of inequality and marginalization, to North-South dynamics in legal education. Special attention will also be given to some of the questions our host country currently faces.
March 22, 2012

Breakfast roundtable on April 12

Yale Law School Latin American Legal Studies to hold breakfast roundtable on international investment arbitration at Simpson Thacher on April 12.

September 20, 2011

SELA 2012 Program

We are pleased to announce the papers and panel commentators for SELA 2012.
July 26, 2011

SELA Papers on YLS Digital Commons

SELA teams with the Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library to make SELA scholarship more accessible.
June 13, 2011

SELA 2011 Program

Panels, presenters, and papers from our meeting in Costa Rica.