Beholding Law: Amadeo on the Argentine Constitution

Nota Introductoria, in Santos P. Amadeo, Argentine Constitutional Law (1943) (Academia Puertorriqueña de Jurisprudencia y Legislación, online ed., Forthcoming 2020)

Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 20-08

11 Pages Posted: 3 May 2020

Date Written: April 27, 2020

Abstract

This essay introduces an online edition of Santos P. Amadeo’s Argentine Constitutional Law to be published by the Academia Puertorriqueña de Jurisprudencia y Legislación. Tracing the book to its origins in a paper Amadeo wrote for a seminar in comparative constitutional law at Columbia Law School in the 1930s, we discuss the intellectual context that gave rise to the book and assess its author’s methodological choices. We then examine one particular substantive choice: Whereas the paper specifically draws attention to the importance of understanding every form of political subdivision in a federalist system—identifying Argentina’s as the provinces, the federal capital, the national territories, and the central national government—the book mentions Argentina’s territories only in passing. The contrast is intriguing because Amadeo himself was from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Why, then, as his paper grew into a book-length project, did the subject of the Argentine territories shrink to a passing mention? We don’t know the answer, but we offer our informed guess, noting the fraught relationship between comparativism and empire.

Keywords: federalism, courts, comparative constitutional law, Argentina, empire

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Delaney, Erin F. and Ponsa-Kraus, Christina D., Beholding Law: Amadeo on the Argentine Constitution (April 27, 2020). Nota Introductoria, in Santos P. Amadeo, Argentine Constitutional Law (1943) (Academia Puertorriqueña de Jurisprudencia y Legislación, online ed., Forthcoming 2020); Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 20-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3587536

Erin F. Delaney (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus

Columbia Law School

435 West 116th St
NEW YORK, NY 10027

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