Judicial politics in Venezuela: Data and analysis in comparative perspective

TSJ Aumentada

Dr Raul Sanchez Urribarri

This ongoing research agenda analyses the politicization of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, and the judiciary more generally, before and after President Hugo Chávez's arrival in power and the subsequent onset of the Bolivarian Revolution (1998-1999).  Special attention is given to understanding the role of courts throughout the different stages of the Bolivarian regime until the present day, with an emphasis on the Constitutional Chamber of the Venezuelan Supreme Court – the most important judicial institution in the country, in which a large share of constitutional review cases of major political significance have been decided.  

The project includes the compilation and assessment of qualitative and quantitative data on different aspects of the Venezuelan judicial system – including changes in the judiciary's composition and organization; the variation over time of the courts' proclivity to check government's actions and policies; the government's use of the legal system to manage political dissent, and other formal and informal aspects relevant to understand judicial independence and assertiveness in Venezuela in comparative perspective.    


For further information about this project, please contact:  

Dr Raul Sanchez Urribarri
Department of Social Inquiry
La Trobe University
T: +61 3 9479 6695
E: r.sanchezu@latrobe.edu.au

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