La Trobe University Seminar on ‘A Conversation about Judicial Power in Comparative Perspective’

La Trobe University’s Institute of Human Security and Social Change, the La Trobe Law School and the Institute of Latin American Studies will host a seminar on A Conversation about Judicial Power in Comparative Perspective on Monday 23 March 2015 at La Trobe’s City Campus.

The seminar will explore the role of courts in weakly institutionalised democracies, with a focus on understanding why, and under what conditions, courts become relevant political actors and uphold the rule of law in adverse circumstances.


Dr Julio Rios-Figueroa (Associate Professor, Political Studies, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE, México), “Constitutional Courts as Mediators:  Democratic Governments, the Armed Forces, and the Rule of Law.”

Dr Ridwanul Hoque (Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), “Judicialization of politics in Bangladesh: Judicial Meddling in Politics or ‘Upholding the Law?

Dr Alexei Trochev (Associate Professor in Political Science, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan) “Judicial Discretion and Accountability in Russia’s Dual State”


Dr Raul Sanchez Urribarri (Lecturer in Legal Studies, Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University)


Date: Monday 23 March 2015

Time: 6.30pm to 8pm

Venue: La Trobe’s City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne

Cost: Free

Registration is essential

Marc Trabsky