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The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy

Distinguished Global Fellows in Residence

Fall 2016


Sabrina Ragone

Sabrina Ragone

Monday, October 3, 2016
Boston College Law School

Sabrina Ragone is currently a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. After her PhD in Law (University of Pisa and Carlos III University, Madrid), she held postdoctoral positions in Public Law at the University of Bologna, at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and she later became a García Pelayo Fellow at the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid. She taught Comparative Public Law and Constitutional Law at the University of Bologna, the University of Jaén and the Autonomous University of Barcelona and she is currently a lecturer at the Université Catholique of Lille (France), the Goethe-Universität of Frankfurt and the University of Heidelberg. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Seville, the Catholic University of Chile and the University of Buenos Aires, to name a few. She specializes in comparative law and her research mainly focuses on constitutional adjudication, constitutional amendments and decentralization.

Spring 2015 Lectures


Charmaine Rodrigues

Charmaine Rodrigues, "A Career in Law, Human Rights and Development"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Stuart 410
Boston College

Charmaine Rodrigues is the lead Global Crisis Governance Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in New York. At the UNDP, she has advised on constitutional reform and parliamentary development in a range of fragile and post-conflict states, including Somalia, Sierre Leone, Libya, Myanmar, Tunisia, Liberia, Lebanon and Afghanistan. Prior to this role, she worked for several years as the Pacific Regional Democratic Institutions and Accountability Specialist in Fiji, extending her remit to Papua New Guinea, Nauru, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Kiribati. She has also worked for a number of years in India as the Right to Information Programme Coordinator at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, and in a major corporate law firm in Australia. Come and hear her speak about the variety of ideas, challenges and excitements in a career in law, human rights and development.


Professor William Phelan of Trinity College Dublin

In Place of Inter-State Retaliation: The European Union's Rejection of WTO-Style Trade Sanctions and Trade Remedies »

Monday, March 9, 2015
12:00 p.m.
10 Stone Ave, Room 201
Boston College

with William Phelan
Trinity College Dublin

RSVP required by March 4 to

Spring 2014 Lectures



Fuzzy Democracy: Political Change and Public Discourse in the “West” and beyond since the 1970s

Monday, March 24, 2014
5:30 p.m.
Stokes Hall, Room 195S

with Paul Nolte
Friedrich-Meinecke Institute at the Free University of Berlin

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International Legitimation

Friday, April 11, 2014
12:00 p.m.

with Sebastiano Maffettone,
University Professor and Dean of Political Science
at Luiss ‘G. Carli’ University of Rome

Fall 2013 Lectures



Democracy and the Eurozone

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
12:00 p.m.
10 Stone Ave., Room 201

with Pavlos Eleftheriadis,
Professor of Law, University of Oxford,
Clough Distinguished Global Fellow in Residence

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Lawyering in the 21st Century: The Making of the Soccer World Cup

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
12:30 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, Stuart Hall, 4th Floor
Boston College Law School

with Álvaro Jorge,
Professor, Getúlio Vargas Foundation School of Law in Rio de Janeiro; Partner, Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão


A Real Citizenship beyond the State: The New Phase of the European Experiment with Dimitry Kochenov

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
12:00 p.m.
10 Stone Ave, Room 201, Boston College
Lunch will be served. RSVP by 11/07.