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Florida State University



David Landau

David E. Landau

Mason Ladd Professor and Associate Dean for International Programs

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 316
Phone: 850.644.6341
Fax: 850.644.0576


J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 2004
Ph.D. (Political Science), Harvard University, 2015 
A.B., summa cum laude, Harvard University, 2001

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Professor Landau writes primarily about the field of comparative constitutional law, with a focus on Latin America. His recent work has focused on democratic transitions and the potential risks of constitutional amendment and constitution-making for democracy, as well as on judicial activism on socioeconomic rights issues across the developing world. He has published in various journals including the Harvard International Law Journal, the UC Davis Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, and the Alabama Law Review.

In 2011, Professor Landau served as a consultant on constitutional issues for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Honduras. Since 2012, he has been a founding editor of IConnect, the blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law.

Professor Landau has taught Civil Procedure, Public International Law, Conflict of Laws, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law I, and International Litigation and Arbitration. He is also Associate Dean for International Programs, and in that capacity is in charge of the graduate LL.M. Program in American Law for Foreign Lawyers and the Certificate Program in International Law for J.D. students.

Select Recent Publications

The Promise of a Minimum Core Approach: The Colombian Model for Judicial Review of Austerity Measures, in Economic and Social Rights After the Global Financial Crisis (Aoife Nolan, editor) (Cambridge University Press 2014)

Constraining Constitutional Change (with Rosalind Dixon), 50 Wake Forest L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2015) (symposium)

A Weak Vision of Structural Constitutional Law, 67 Ala. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2015)

Transnational Constitutionalism and a Limited Doctrine of Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendment (with Rosalind Dixon), 13 Int’l J. Const. L. _­_ (forthcoming 2015) (symposium)

A Dynamic Theory of Judicial Role, 55 B.C. L. Rev. 1501 (2014)

Aggressive Weak-Form Review, 5 Const. Ct. Rev. 244 (South Africa) (2014) (invited reply)

Abusive Constitutionalism, 47 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 189 (2013)

Constitution-Making Gone Wrong, 64 Ala. L. Rev. 923 (2013)

The Importance of Constitution-Making, 89 Denv. U. L. Rev. 611 (2013) (symposium)

The Reality of Social Rights Enforcement, 53 Harv. Int’l L.J. 189 (2012)

Book Review: Cultures of Legality: Judicialization and Political Activism in Latin America, 46 Law & Soc'y Rev. 205 (2012)