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The Role of Supreme Courts and Democracy Globally

Experts Daniel Brinks and Tom Ginsburg join Deep Dish to examine Supreme Courts around the world and compare their roles in democracy.
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About the Episode

Recent US Supreme Court rulings on abortion, religion in school, gun control, and climate regulation will have far-reaching implications for Americans. How does the role that the Supreme Court plays in US democracy compare to Supreme Courts in other democracies? Constitutional law experts Daniel Brinks and Tom Ginsburg join Deep Dish to explore the uniqueness of the US Supreme Court and what we can learn from the functioning of the judicial branch of other nations’ governments.

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About the Experts
Professor, Government and of Law, University of Texas at Austin
Dan Brinks is a professor of Government and Law and is the chair of the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a senior researcher & global scholar of the Centre on Law and Social Transformation, a joint project of the University of Bergen and Christian Michelsen Institute, in Bergen, Norway. He is active in the fields of Comparative Politics and Public Law.
Leo Spitz Professor, International Law, University of Chicago
Tom Ginsburg is the Leo Spitz professor of International Law at the University of Chicago and currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an effort to record and analyze the constitutions of all independent nation-states since 1789. He is also the co-author of the book, "How to Save a Constitutional Democracy".
Brian Hanson
Former Vice President, Studies
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Brian Hanson served as the vice president of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He managed the Council's research operations and hosted the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
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