Date of Award


Author's School

School of Law

Degree Name

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

Degree Type



In the last quarter of the twentieth century Spain, South Korea, and Colombia were immersed under specific circumstances of institutional crisis. At these three countries, society and leaders combined undertook the task to solve said crisis. Part of the foreseen solution involved, in general, the adoption of a new constitution or at least the amendment of the existing one. In a more particular way, at these countries the establishment of a constitutional court represented the future validity of the constitutional consensus. Therefore, the 1978 Spanish Constitution, the 1987 South Korean Constitution, and the 1991 Colombian Constitution, reflect those compacts required for surpassing the previous crises. Constitutional Courts then, emerged as the guardians of the constitutional compacts, and of the consensus they symbolized toward the future.

Chair and Committee

John Owen Haley, Supervising Professor; Stanley L. Paulson, Examining Professor; David S. Law, Examining Professor.

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