Looking for Answers to the Social Question in Latin America in the Weimar Constitution

Latin American Social Constitutionalism started at the beginning of the 20th century with the 1917 Mexican Constitution. As opposed to the Weimar Constitution, most of the Latin American new or reformed constitutions understand social rights not only as programmatic principles, but as direct, legally enforceable access to services. While many reformed constitutions follow the “German” concept of Social State, they assign a central role to social rights as a requirement for a life in dignity. Τhere are doubts as to whether social rights exist in a subjective sense following from the discrepancy in many Latin American countries between the endeavour to achieve a life in dignity and the resources available to large parts of the population. Although the Mexican Constitution of 1917 and the Weimar Constitution of 1919 can be considered revolutionary because of their commitment to social rights, in this article we will address the neutrality of the text and the missing gender equality.