Faculty Book Talk: Mark Tushnet’s “Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia,” Mon., Nov. 16 at 4 pm

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of Mark Tushnet’s recently published book with co-editor Madhav Khosla, Unstable Constitutionalism: Law and Politics in South Asia (Cambridge University Press).

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Harvard Law School Room WCC 2009
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge  (Directions)

Refreshments will be served.  Co-sponsored with the South Asia Institute at Harvard University.

Tushnet -- Unstable Constitutionalism


Mark Tushnet is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.  He graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall.  His research includes studies examining (skeptically) the practice of judicial review in the United States and around the world. He also writes in the area of legal and particularly constitutional history, with works on the development of civil rights law in the United States and (currently) a long-term project on the history of the Supreme Court in the 1930s.  His important works in the field of comparative constitutional law include Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law (2014), The Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law (co-edited, 2012) and the leading handbook, Weak Courts, Strong Rights: Judicial Review and Social Welfare Rights in Comparative Constitutional Law (2009).

Madhav Khosla is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of The Indian Constitution (2012) and is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Indian Constitutional Law.


Rohit De -- Yale



Rohit De, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Yale University and Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School


Nichcolas Robinson -- Harvard




Nicholas Robinson, Resident Fellow, Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession


“Although the field of constitutional law has become increasingly comparative in recent years, its geographic focus has remained limited. South Asia, despite being the site of the world’s largest democracy and a vibrant if turbulent constitutionalism, is one of the important neglected regions within the field. This book remedies this lack of attention by providing a detailed examination of constitutional law and practice in five South Asian countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Identifying a common theme of volatile change, it develops the concept of “unstable constitutionalism,” studying the sources of instability alongside reactions and responses to it. By highlighting unique theoretical and practical questions in an underrepresented region, Unstable Constitutionalism constitutes an important step toward truly global constitutional scholarship.” — Cambridge University Press

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