Foundations of Constitutional Reasoning in Latin America

The proliferation of new constitutional theories has sparked optimism about law’s transformative character and the paradigmatic turn it might have caused in interpretive methods and reasoning strategies of constitutional courts in Latin America. This paper seeks to empirically analyze the regional patterns of how Latin American courts actually make their decisions and to define the cross-country tendencies of reason-giving interpreted in a rich contemporary context. This paper therefore will go beyond merely juxtaposing the empirical results from each jurisdiction and will seek to explain cross-regional connections, identify model countries and trend-setters, as well as to explain commonalities and specificities of the Latin American regional data will be compared
to the results of the volume on Comparative Constitutional Reasoning, shedding light on Latin American specificities against the global tendencies of constitutional reason-giving.