What role do constitutional rules play in solving multiple questions regarding succession, especially in the context of regimes with charismatic, personalistic leaders?
What would happen if a president is ill, and may no longer fulfill her duties?
These are important questions for developing democracies, as recently demonstrated in the case of the diagnosis and treatment of cancer of Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez, who is standing for reelection on October 7, 2012. In this work, I discuss the constitutional regulation of presidential disability in comparative perspective in Latin America. I evaluate alternative explanations that might account for its use and implementation (or lack thereof) in the Venezuelan case, and provide a brief comparison to the discussions surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of former President Fernando Lugo in Paraguay.
Raul Sanchez Urribarri is a Lecturer in Legal Studies at the School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University. His work lies at the crossroads between Law and Politics, with an emphasis on judicial politics in comparative perspective. His teaching interests include Law and Development, Comparative Politics, Judicial Politics, and Research Methods. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (University of South Carolina), an LL.M. (Cambridge University) and a Law degree (Universidad Catolica Andres Bello). His work has been published in Law and Social Inquiry, The Journal of Politics, and edited volumes. He is currently writing a book on judicial politicization in developing democracies, with a focus on Venezuela, Paraguay and Costa Rica.
Speaker: Dr Raul Sanchez Urribarri (Lecturer, Legal Studies, School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University)
Thursday 13 September: 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm
Research Lounge, RMIT Building 28, Level 5