Esta Sección contiene información, clasificada por años, sobre todos los libros escritos por el autor, desde 1964. La información sobre los folletos editados (menos de 50 páginas) o trabajos o libros multigrafiados, puede consultarse en la sección, II, BIBLIOTECA VIRTUAL, 3. La información sobre libros publicados en colaboración con otros autores, o coordinados, editados o dirigidos por el autor, puede consultarse en la Sección II, BIBLIOTECA VIRTUAL, 2. Esa misma Sección II, 2, contiene la información sobre las Revistas dirigidas por el autor, particularmente la Revista de Derecho Público.
This Section includes, year by year, information about all the Books published by the author since 1964. Regarding Booklets (less than 50 pages) and Multi-graphed Books, the information about them can be search in Section II, VIRTUAL LIBRARY, 3. Regarding Co-authored, Coordinated or Edited Books, the information can be search in Section II, VIRTUAL LIBRARY, 2. The same Section II, 2, includes information about Journals Edited by the author.
AUTHORITARIAN GOVERNMENT v. THE RULE OF LAW. Lectures and Essays (1999-2014) on the Venezuelan Authoritarian Regime Established in Contempt of the Constitution,
. Fundación de Derecho Público, Editorial Jurídica Venezolana,. Caracas , 2014 . 986 pp.
This book is a collection of all the Essays of Professor Allan R. Brewer-Carías on the Venezuelan Authoritarian Government and the Demolition of the Rule of Law, written during the past fourteen years (1999-2014), in which he has analyzed not only the most important aspects of Venezuelan constitutional law provisions according to the 1999 Constitution, but also how the authoritarian government installed in the country since its enactment, has ruled it against the rule of the Constitution, subverting the democratic regime from within by using its own institutions and tools. The process began with the convening of a Constituent Assembly in 1999 against the provisions of the then in force 1961 Constitution, seeking to supposedly impose people’s sovereignty over the principle of constitutional supremacy. What resulted was the intervention and takeover of all branches of government, being the Constituent Assembly the main tool used for assaulting the State’s powers, imposing in the country an authoritarian, centralistic and militaristic government, eliminating, any sort of check and balance framework, subjecting the Judiciary to strict political control, and consequently, dismantling the rule of law. In addition, the Constituent Assembly assured that the main provisions of the new Constitution, particularly on the decentralized form of government, the principle of separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary and the representative democratic government, were to be suspended in their effective enforcement due to an endless transitional constitutional regime it imposed. It was the same “formula” of convening Constituent Assemblies departing from the Constitution then in force, that a few years later was also applied in Ecuador (2007), and ten years later was tried to be imposed in Honduras (2009), in a failed presidential attempt that in that case the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional. The idea, in any case, continues to be a recurrent one that in many countries has been proposed. The consequence of that process in Venezuela has been that since the election of the late President Hugo Chávez Frías in December 1998, whose only electoral program and proposal was to convene a Constituent Assembly, the country, formerly envied because of its democratic tradition and accomplishment during the second half of the 20th century, suffered a tragic setback regarding democratic standards, experiencing a continuous, persistent and deliberated institution demolishing process and destruction of democracy, never before occurred in the constitutional history of the country. At his death, and after fourteen years in power, the main political legacy of Chávez was no other than a country lacking the most essential elements of democracy as they are defined in the Inter American Democratic Charter, namely the assurance of the access to power and its exercise subject to the rule of law; the performing of periodic, free and fair elections based on universal and secret vote as an expression of the sovereignty of the people; the plural regime of political parties and organizations; the separation and independence of all branches of government, and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. All this process is analyzed in this book, for which purpose the original text of the thirty Essays it contains, written and many of them published in different moments and occasions during the past years, has been preserved, so despite the repetition of some ideas and references, they remain as a testimony of the ideas expressed at the time when they were written, and on the course of the different events that led to the complete destruction of the constitutional rule and of the democratic principle in the country.
JUDICIAL REVIEW. Comparative Constitucional Law Essays, Lectures and Courses (1985-2011),
. Fundación de Derecho Público, Editorial Jurídica Venezolana,. Caracas , 2014 . 1198, ISBN:978-980-365-212-8.
This book deals with Judicial Review, as the power of judges to control the constitutionality of State acts, particularly of Legislation, which not only is the most important subject of contemporary constitutional law, but also the most distinctive feature of all democratic constitutional systems. Such power is the consequence of the consolidation in contemporary constitutionalism of three fundamental principles of law: first, the existence of a written constitution or of a fundamental law, conceived as a superior law with clear supremacy over all other statutes; second, the “rigid” character of such constitution, which implies that the amendments or reforms that may be introduced can only be put into practice by means of a particular and special constituent process, preventing the ordinary legislator from doing so; and third, the establishment in that same written and rigid constitution or fundamental law, of the judicial means for guaranteeing its supremacy, over all other state acts, including legislative acts. According to such principles, consequently, in democratic systems subjected to the rule of law, the judges can have the power to refuse to enforce a statute when they deem it to be contrary to the Constitution, considering it null or void with inter partes effects, through what is known as the “American model” or the diffuse system of judicial review; or one particular Constitutional Court or the Supreme Court of the country can be empowered to annul laws considered unconstitutional, with erga omnes effects, through what is known as the “ European model” or concentrated system of judicial review; with the possibility for both system to coexist, through what is known as the “ Latin American model” or the mixed system of judicial review. These systems are analyzed in this book from a comparative constitutional law perspective, a matter that professor Brewer-Carias has been studying for the past decades, and on which he has extensively published in books and articles, in Spanish, French and English. But in addition, he has written many works and essays in English, that have not been published up to now, in particular for the preparation of Courses and Lectures he has given as was the case of the Course of Lectures on “Judicial Review in Comparative Law,” he gave in the LL.M. Course at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, UK., in 1985–1986; and the Lectures he gave on “Judicial Protection of Human Rights in Latin America. A Comparative Constitutional Law Study on the Latin American Injunction for the protection of Constitutional Rights (“Amparo proceeding”),” at Columbia Law School in the City of New York, in 2006–2008. The original versions of these Lectures are published in this book, altogether with many other Papers, Reports and Lectures he has given in the past years in various Universities in the United States, analyzing from a comparative constitutional Law perspective, the systems of judicial review in the world, and in particular, in Latin America. The decision to publish this book with the recollection of the original versions of all those works, as the author has pointed out, has the purpose to assure that all those materials won’t be lost, and could be useful for all those who have interest in these matters; being what they are: the written work of a law professor, made as a consequence of his research for the preparation of his lectures, not pretending to be anything else.
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