Seminari de Mark Tushnet: idees de Harvard es debaten a la UOC

22 julio, 2022
Mark Tushnet a la UOC

Aquest dijous, 21 de juliol, els Estudis de Dret i Ciència Política de la UOC han celebrat un seminari amb un ponent de luxe: Mark Tushnet, professor emèrit de dret constitucional a la Universitat Harvard.

En el seminari ens hem preguntat si n’esperem massa de la secessió. El prestigiós ponent ens ha instat a pensar si les noves eines constitucionals que existeixen en el panorama teòric i pràctic comparat no ens permetrien aconseguir quotes d’autonomia i reconeixement similars sense haver de passar pel tràngol de la separació. En aquest sentit, ha semblat recomanar enginy i flexibilitat constitucional a l’hora d’abordar, de manera negociada, els conflictes territorials d’aquesta mena.

El debat ha estat ric en continguts, farcit de bones idees i plural en els punts de vista. Tots hem après alguna cosa individualment i, alhora, hem reflexionat de manera col·lectiva. En aquest jorn, als Estudis de Dret i Ciència Política de la UOC, ens hem acostat a la forma de pensar i de fer de la prestigiosa Universitat Harvard i, concretament, de la seva escola de dret. Segons el president del Tribunal Suprem dels Estats Units d’Amèrica, el debat i el dubte, no pas la doctrina, són el que l’Escola de Harvard millor ensenya. Hem dubtat, hem escoltat i hem deliberat.

Tot seguit podeu llegir la presentació inicial, en llengua original, que s’ha fet del seminari i del seu prestigiós ponent:

Good afternoon and thank you all for joining us in today’s seminar in which we will discuss the question “Do we expect too much from secession?” and Professor Mark Tushnet will present his thought-provoking “don’t expect too much from secession” paper.

Professor Tushnet does not need any introduction since he is a well-known scholar, but let me just remind you that he is an emeritus Professor of Harvard Law School. He is a leading and influential constitutional theorist.

His research and expertise cover many areas of constitutional law and theory, including comparative constitutional law, constitutional rights and judicial review, the role of courts vis-a-vis the political branches of government, institutions for protecting constitutional democracy, constitutional history and the development of civil rights in the United States, and the history of the US Supreme Court.

He actually has direct knowledge from the Court not only because US justices have often studied and maintained certain links with Harvard University, but also because he served as law clerk to Justice T. Marshall.

His works tend to be both innovative and provocative. Just to mention a few of his books: “Taking the Constitution away from the Courts”, “Weak Courts, Strong Rights: Judicial Review and Social Welfare Rights in Comparative Constitutional Law”, and more recently “Power to the People: Constitutionalism in the Age of Populism”.

The paper he will present today is not likely to be an exception: he tends to offer novel and interesting perspectives on how to approach topics of paramount importance.

As Chief Justice Roberts once stated “Debate and doubt, not doctrine, are what Harvard School, at its best, teaches”. In this manner, also following the Socratic Method, I framed this seminar as a question in order to first doubt, then listen, and finally discuss.

“Do we expect too much from secession?” With this question, and without further ado, it is a great pleasure to give the floor to Professor Tushnet.

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Autor / Autora
Profesor de Derecho Público en la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Es licenciado en Derecho y también en Ciencias Políticas y de la Administración. Tiene un máster en Ciencias Jurídicas y es doctor en Derecho con una tesis que posteriormente recibió el Premio Josep Maria Vilaseca i Marcet (2014). Ha sido asesor del Gobierno de la Generalitat de Cataluña. En general, compagina su vocación académica con el asesoramiento a distintas instituciones y administraciones públicas.
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