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Tom Ginsburg

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Research Professor

Joint appointment

Leo Spitz Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Education

Ph.D., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law University of California, Berkeley

Curriculum vitae

Bio

Tom Ginsburg is the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law at the University of Chicago, where he also holds an appointment in the Political Science Department. He holds B.A., J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an NSF-funded data set cataloging the world’s constitutions since 1789. His…

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Research focus

The drafting, design, and implementation of national constitutions; legal reform in Northeast Asia; and comparative notions of judicial independence.


Publications

Cover of How To Save A Constitutional Democracy How To Save A Constitutional Democracy
University of Chicago Press
"Constitutional Knowledge"
KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge
"How To Lose A Constitutional Democracy"
UCLA Law Review

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Presentations

How to Lose A Constitutional Democracy
Feb 2018

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013-present
  • Honorable Mention, 2010 Best Book in Political Economy, American Political Science Association, 2011
  • Named Leo Spitz Chair of International Law, University of Chicago, July 2011
  • Best Dataset Award, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science Association (for Comparative Constitutions Project)
  • Member, Editorial Board, American Journal of International Law 

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