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Amal Sethi

Amal Sethi is a Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg, where he researches and teaches on comparative constitutional studies with an emphasis on courts, constitutions, and democracy. His other past and present institutional affiliations include the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, the University of Liverpool, the Legal Priorities Project, and the National Law School of India University.

Amal has been involved in several capacities with different governmental and inter-governmental agencies ranging from USAID and the US Department of Commerce to UNESCO, UNDP, UN Women, UNHCHR, and The SDG Fund. In addition, he has advised sovereign governments on constitution-making and at international tribunals. Amal also serves in advisory positions with nonprofits such as Dagar-Pathway, which is involved in prisoner rehabilitation, and One-Future Collective, a feminist advocacy initiative.

Amal’s work is published/forthcoming in The Journal of Federalism, Indian Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, Modern Law Review, I·CONnect-Clough Center Global Review of Constitutional Law, Keele Law Review, Asia Pacific Law Review, Routledge Handbook on the Law of Greater China, National Law School of India Review among others.

Amal obtained his Doctorate and Masters in Law from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia. During his time at Penn, Amal was appointed as a Legal Writing Fellow, a Salzburg Cutler Fellow, and The Global Women Leadership Fellow. Additionally, he received his Bachelor of Laws from the Government Law College, Mumbai, where he graduated as a recipient of the Nivedita Nathany Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership.

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Amal Sethi’s dissertation as envisioned tries to lay down a unified theory for constitutional courts in developing democracies that are at a risk of backsliding and answers the following questions (1) how should constitutional judicialization in developing democracies take place (2) what has gone wrong with the current wave of constitutional judicialization in developing democracies (3) what is the role of a constitutional court in developing democracies (4) how should constitutional courts perform their role in developing democracies (5) how should constitutional courts ensure their institutional survival in developing democracies.

Dissertation Committee

Sophia Lee (Chair), Mitchell Berman, Kermit Roosevelt III