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
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
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
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.More...
July 1, 2013
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.More...
September 19, 2012
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.More...
May 10, 2012
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.More...
March 22, 2012
Yale Law School Latin American Legal Studies to hold breakfast roundtable on international investment arbitration at Simpson Thacher on April 12.More...
September 20, 2011
We are pleased to announce the papers and panel commentators for SELA 2012.More...
July 26, 2011
SELA teams with the Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library to make SELA scholarship more accessible.More...
June 13, 2011
Panels, presenters, and papers from our meeting in Costa Rica.More...