David S. Law

University of Virginia School of Law

E. James Kelly, Jr., Class of 1965 Research Professor of Law

580 Massie Road

Charlottesville, VA 22903

United States

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

Honorary Professor of Law

Pokfulam Road

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

China

http://www.davidlaw.ca

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Scholarly Papers (35)

1.

The Declining Influence of the United States Constitution

New York University Law Review, Vol. 87, No. 3, pp. 762-858, June 2012, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-09-01, Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2011-39
Number of pages: 97 Posted: 07 Sep 2011 Last Revised: 26 May 2012
David S. Law and Mila Versteeg
University of Virginia School of Law and University of Virginia School of Law
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constitutionalism, Constitution, global constitutionalism, international law, human rights, ECHR, UDHR, ICCPR, ICESCR, Canada, Germany, South Africa, India, empirical

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A Theory of Judicial Power and Judicial Review

Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 97, p. 723, 2009, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 08-013, Washington U. School of Law Working Paper No. 08-10-03
Number of pages: 79 Posted: 24 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 20 Mar 2009
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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constitutional court, courts, judicial power, judicial review, principal-agent, monitoring, coordinating, coordination problem, judicial independence, legitimacy, countermajoritarian, countermajoritarian dilemma, popular rule, popular sovereignty, constitutional law, constitutions

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The Evolution and Ideology of Global Constitutionalism

California Law Review, Vol. 99, p. 1163, 2011, APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper, 5th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-10-01
Number of pages: 93 Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last Revised: 24 Oct 2011
David S. Law and Mila Versteeg
University of Virginia School of Law and University of Virginia School of Law
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constitutions, constitutionalism, constitutional convergence, policy diffusion, constitutional competition, constitutional rights, constitutional ideology

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Sham Constitutions

101 California Law Review 863 (2013), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-09-03, Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2012-55
Number of pages: 91 Posted: 23 Jan 2012 Last Revised: 01 Jul 2013
David S. Law and Mila Versteeg
University of Virginia School of Law and University of Virginia School of Law
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constitutions, sham constitutions, constitutionalism, socioeconomic rights, empirical constitutional studies

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Globalization and the Future of Constitutional Rights

102 Northwestern University Law Review 1277 (2008), San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-91
Number of pages: 74 Posted: 27 Mar 2007 Last Revised: 02 Sep 2008
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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globalization, constitutional law, constitutional rights, civil liberties, property rights, race to the top, migration, human capital, freedom premium, constitutional competition

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Judicial Independence

THE INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, Vol. 5, pp. 1369-1372, Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Leonardo Morlino, eds., 2011, Washington U. School of Law Working Paper No. 10-02-06
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 25 Feb 2010 Last Revised: 15 Jan 2012
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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judicial independence, judicial accountability, judicial review, rule of law, separation of powers

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Constitutions

THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF EMPIRICAL LEGAL RESEARCH, Peter Cane & Herbert Kritzer, eds., 2010, Washington U. School of Law Working Paper No. 10-02-05
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 20 Feb 2010 Last Revised: 10 Apr 2011
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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Constitutional Law, Constitutions, Constitutionalization, Constitutionalism, Empirical Legal Studies, Judicialization, Methodology, Computer Simulation, Agent-Based Modeling

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Generic Constitutional Law

Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 89, p. 652, 2005, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 05-28, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-04-04
Number of pages: 100 Posted: 22 Sep 2004 Last Revised: 30 Aug 2012
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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Constitutional law, comparative law, comparative constitutional law, comparative public law, constitutional theory, comparative constitutional theory

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The Anatomy of a Conservative Court: Judicial Review in Japan

Public Law in East Asia (Albert H.Y. Chen & Tom Ginsburg eds., Ashgate 2013), Texas Law Review, Vol. 87, p. 1545, 2009, Washington U. School of Law Working Paper No. 09-06-02
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 17 May 2009 Last Revised: 05 Jun 2014
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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judicial review, institutional design, judicial politics, judiciary, Japan, Supreme Court of Japan

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What Is Judicial Ideology, and How Should We Measure It?

29 Washington University Journal of Law and Policy 133 (2009), 3rd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Papers, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 08-47
Number of pages: 82 Posted: 16 Apr 2008 Last Revised: 23 Jun 2010
Joshua B. Fischman and David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law and University of Virginia School of Law
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judicial ideology, proxy measures, common space score, ideology, judicial behavior, unidimensional, judicial voting, dissent cost, collegiality, collegial voting

Judicial Selection, Appointments Gridlock, and the Nuclear Option

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-10, U of Illinois Public Law Research Paper Series No. 05-08
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 26 Aug 2005
David S. Law and Lawrence B. Solum
University of Virginia School of Law and University of Virginia School of Law
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Nuclear option, nuclear pivot, filibuster, gridlock, appointments gridlock, pivotal politics, gang of 14, gang of fourteen, krehbiel, judicial selection, judicial appointments, federal judges, appointment process, appointments process, divided government, veto players

Judicial Selection, Appointments Gridlock, and the Nuclear Option

Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues, Vol. 15, p. 51, 2006, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-10, U of Illinois Public Law Research Paper Series No. 05-08
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 14 Apr 2006
David S. Law and Lawrence B. Solum
University of Virginia School of Law and University of Virginia School of Law
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Nuclear option, nuclear pivot, filibuster, gridlock, appointments gridlock, pivotal politics, gang of 14, gang of fourteen, krehbiel, judicial selection, judicial appointments, federal judges, appointment process, appointments process, divided government, veto players

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Law Versus Ideology: The Supreme Court and the Use of Legislative History

William & Mary Law Review, Vol. 51, p. 1653, 2010, CELS 2009 4th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Paper, Washington U. School of Law Working Paper No. 09-09-04
Number of pages: 95 Posted: 06 Aug 2009 Last Revised: 21 Dec 2011
David S. Law and David T. Zaring
University of Virginia School of Law and University of Pennsylvania - Legal Studies Department
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legislative history, statutory interpretation, supreme court, empirical, judicial behavior, scalia, judicial ideology, attitudinal model, legal model

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The Limits of Global Judicial Dialogue

Washington Law Review, Vol. 86, 2011, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-04-02, APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 30 Mar 2011 Last Revised: 30 Aug 2012
David S. Law and Wen-Chen Chang
University of Virginia School of Law and National Taiwan University College of Law
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judicial dialogue, transnational judicial dialogue, global judicial dialogue, Taiwan, China, judicial networks, governance networks, constitutional borrowing, comparative constitutional law

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Constitutional Variation Among Strains of Authoritarianism

Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes (Tom Ginsburg & Alberto Simpser eds., Cambridge Univ Press, 2014), Forthcoming, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-12-01
Number of pages: 54 Posted: 16 Dec 2013 Last Revised: 14 Mar 2014
David S. Law and Mila Versteeg
University of Virginia School of Law and University of Virginia School of Law
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authoritarian, autocratic, dictatorship, constitutions, constitutional drafting, constitutional candor, sham constitution, candid constitution

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Constitutional Archetypes

95 Texas Law Review 153 (2016), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-02-01
Number of pages: 92 Posted: 16 Feb 2016 Last Revised: 13 Jun 2017
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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constitution, archetype, ideology, international law, constitutional law, preamble, statism, liberalism, universalism, automated, content analysis, topic model, text analysis, legal traditions, civil law, common law, empirical, constitutional drafting, constitution-making, constitution-writing

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Why Has Judicial Review Failed in Japan?

Washington University Law Review, Vol. 88, No. 6, p. 1425, 2011, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper, No. 11-04-03
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 23 Jun 2011 Last Revised: 28 Nov 2011
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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Japan, judicial review, Supreme Court of Japan, judicial behavior

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Judicial Comparativism and Judicial Diplomacy

163 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 927 (2015), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-03-02
Number of pages: 110 Posted: 19 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 08 May 2015
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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judicial comparativism, foreign law, foreign policy, comparative constitutional law, judicial diplomacy, citation of foreign law, constitutional borrowing, judicial behavior, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, constitutional court, court of final appeal, empirical, case studies

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Alternatives to Liberal Constitutional Democracy

77 Maryland Law Review 223 (2017), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-10-02, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2018/004
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 19 Dec 2017 Last Revised: 26 Oct 2018
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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constitutional law, constitutions, constitutional democracy, liberal, liberal democracy, authoritarianism, bureaucratic authoritarianism, authoritarian constitution, Asia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bhutan, Scandinavia, citizenship

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Constitutional Dissonance in China

Comparative Constitutional Theory (Gary Jacobsohn & Miguel Schor eds., Edward Elgar Publishing 2018), Forthcoming, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-03-03, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017/008
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 02 Jun 2017 Last Revised: 24 Sep 2017
Wen-Chen Chang and David S. Law
National Taiwan University College of Law and University of Virginia School of Law
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constitutional law, comparative law, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Chinese, constitutional dissonance, dissonant constitutionalism, constructive irritant, quasi-constitutional, political, human rights, transnational, thick definition, thin definition

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Strategic Judicial Lawmaking: Ideology, Publication, and Asylum Law in the Ninth Circuit

University of Cincinnati Law Review, Vol. 73, p. 817, Spring 2005, Immigration & Nationality Law Review, Vol. 26, p. 275 (2006)
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 13 Oct 2004 Last Revised: 16 Oct 2012
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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court of appeals, publication, strategic, ninth circuit, no-citation rule, asylum, judicial behavior

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How to Rig the Federal Courts

Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 99, p. 779, 2011, Washington U. School of Law Working Paper No. 10-03-04
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 30 Mar 2010 Last Revised: 04 Aug 2011
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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judicial behavior, institutional design, law clerks, national court of appeals, Japan, Japanese judiciary, court-rigging, Rule of Four, entrenchment, judicial ideology, judicial appointments, court-packing, gerrymandering

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The Global Language of Human Rights: A Computational Linguistic Analysis

Law & Ethics of Human Rights, Vol. 12, Issue 1, pp. 111–150 (2018), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-10-01, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2017/032
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 11 Oct 2017 Last Revised: 18 Apr 2019
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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Constitutions, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Law, Lingua Franca, Positive Rights, Universalism, Human Rights, Rights Talk, Constitutional Dialects, Automated Content Analysis, Topic Model, Topic Modeling, Computational Linguistics, Human Rights Treaties

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Proportionality Review of Administrative Action in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China

Research Handbook in Comparative Law and Regulation (Francesca Bignami & David Zaring eds., Edward Elgar: 2015 Forthcoming), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-08-07
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 16 Sep 2014 Last Revised: 28 Oct 2014
Cheng-Yi Huang and David S. Law
Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica and University of Virginia School of Law
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administrative law, proportionality, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, rationality, Wednesbury, arbitrary or capricious, Administrative Procedure Act, constitutional review

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The Myth of the Imposed Constitution

The Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions (Denis Galligan & Mila Versteeg eds., Cambridge University Press 2013, pp. 239-68), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-05-01
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 27 May 2013 Last Revised: 24 Jul 2015
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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constitution, constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, Japan, constitutional drafting, constitution-making, constitution-writing, imposed constitution, democratic constitutionalism

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The Paradox of Omnipotence: Courts, Constitutions, and Commitments

Georgia Law Review, Vol. 40, p. 407, 2006, San Diego Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-16
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 11 Apr 2005
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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constitutions, commitments, credible commitment, persuasive commitment, effective commitment, underpersuasive commitment, overeffective commitment, undercommitment, overcommitment, glidden, zdanok, charles river bridge, sovereign immunity, sovereignty, judicial power

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Imposed Constitutions and Romantic Constitutions

The Law and Legitimacy of Imposed Constitutions (Albert, Contiades & Fotiadou eds., Routledge 2018 Forthcoming), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-05-01, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2019/002
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 26 May 2018 Last Revised: 13 Feb 2019
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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imposed constitution, romantic constitution, romanticized constitution, constitutional narrative, Japan, Taiwan, China, Malaysia, Norway, Civil War, autochthonous, constitutional autochthony, citizenship, liberal theory

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Judicial Review of Constitutional Amendments: Taiwan

Constitutionalism in Context (David S. Law ed., Cambridge University Press 2022), Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper Forthcoming, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 19-02-01, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 12 Apr 2019 Last Revised: 25 Feb 2022
David S. Law and Hsiang-Yang Hsieh
University of Virginia School of Law and Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law
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Taiwan, Judicial Review, Constitution, Democratization, Democratic Transition, Constitutional Court, Constitutional Amendment, Judicial Power, Dialogue, Dialogic Review, Hard Review, Soft Review, Basic Structure Doctrine, Judicial Supremacy, Finality, Constitutional Politics, China, One China Policy

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Constitutional Amendment Versus Constitutional Replacement: An Empirical Comparison

Routledge Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Change (Xenophon Contiades & Alkmene Fotiadou eds., 2020 Forthcoming), University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2020/016
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 08 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 20 Apr 2020
David S. Law and Ryan Whalen
University of Virginia School of Law and The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law
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constitutions, constitutional amendment, constitutional replacement, empirical, topic model, natural language processing, latent semantic analysis, automated content analysis, constitutional change, constitution-making, constitutional evolution, punctuated equilibrium

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Appointing Federal Judges: The President, the Senate, and the Prisoner's Dilemma

Number of pages: 48 Posted: 07 Jul 2004
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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judicial appointments, federal judges, prisoner's dilemma, federal appointments process

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Conceptualizing the Field of Comparative Constitutional Law

Constitutionalism in Context (David S. Law ed., Cambridge University Press 2022), Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2022-24, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2022/15
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 28 Mar 2022 Last Revised: 01 Apr 2022
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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instrumentalism, tourism, immersion, abstraction, representation, canon, anti-canon, unofficial canon, comparative constitutional law, constitutional studies, constitutionalism, comparative law, comparative method, pedagogy, pluralism, pedagogical pluralism

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court of appeals, publication, strategic, ninth circuit, no-citation rule, asylum, judicial behavior

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Why Nuclear Disarmament May Be Easier to Achieve than an End to Partisan Conflict Over Judicial Appointments

University of Richmond Law Review, Vol. 39, p. 923, 2005, U of Texas Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 111, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-80
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 02 Nov 2006
David S. Law and Sanford Levinson
University of Virginia School of Law and University of Texas Law School
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judicial appointments, judicial selection, judicial behavior, federal courts, prisoner's dilemma, game theory, nuclear option, federal judiciary, filibuster

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Constitutional Dialects: The Language of Transnational Legal Orders

Constitution-Making and Transnational Legal Order (Gregory Shaffer, Tom Ginsburg & Terence Halliday eds., Cambridge University Press, 2019, Forthcoming), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper , University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2019/003
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 02 Jan 2019 Last Revised: 13 Feb 2019
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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constitutions, transnational legal orders, computational linguistics, constitutional dialect, colonialism, british, french, spanish, constitutional genre, constitution-making, automated text analysis, automated content analysis, topic model, constitution-making

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Isolation and Globalization: The Dawn of Legal Education in Bhutan

The Globalization of Legal Education (Bryant Garth, Anthea Roberts & Gregory Shaffer eds., CUP, Forthcoming, 9 Yonsei Law Journal 1 (2018), University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper, Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 19-02-02
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 14 Mar 2019
David S. Law
University of Virginia School of Law
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Legal Education, Law Schools, Curriculum, Graduate Education, Law School Admissions, Faculty Recruitment, Comparative Law, Accreditation, Globalization, Law and Development, Nation-Building, Foreign Aid, Bhutan, India, United States, Austria

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Constitutional Inertia and Regime Pluralism in Asia

Constitutional Democracy in Crisis? (Mark Graber, Sanford Levinson & Mark Tushnet eds., Oxford University Press, 2018), Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-03-01, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2018/015
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 08 Mar 2018 Last Revised: 18 Aug 2018
David S. Law and Chien-Chih Lin
University of Virginia School of Law and Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica
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regime pluralism, constitutional inertia, contagion, regime performance, first-order needs, constitutional democracy, bureaucratic authoritarianism, Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan