Leo Spitz Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Director, The Comparative Constitutions Project 

Tom Ginsburg

Accepted and Published Book Chapters

Tom's articles may be found online at SSRN, academia.edu, bepress, ResearchGate, and Chicago Unbound

Property Rights and Economic Development in Northeast Asia, in Festschrift zu Ehren von Christian Kirchner: Recht im ökonomischen Kontext 785-98 (Wulf A. Kaal, Matthias Schmidt und Andreas Schwartze, eds., Mohr Siebeck Tübingen., 2014).

Introduction, in Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia 1-22 (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014) (with Rosalind Dixon).

Participation in Constitutional Design: Asian Exceptionalism, in Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia 23-46 (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014) (with Justin Blount).

Constitutional Courts in Asia, in Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia 47-79 (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).

The Politics of Law and Development in Middle-Income Countries, in Law and Development in Middle Income Countries (Cambridge University Press, 2014) (with Randall Peerenboom).


An Epidemiological Analysis of Constitutional Mortality, in Law and Politics: Critical Concepts in Political Science v. 4, Comparative and International Issues (Routledge, 2013) (with Zachary Elkins and James Melton).

The Politics of Courts in Democratization: Four Junctures in Asia in Consequential Courts: Judicial Roles in Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2013).


Constitutions as Contract, Constitutions as Charter, in Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Introduction: Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes, in Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2013) (with Alberto Simpser).

The Content of Authoritarian Constitutions, in Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes (Cambridge University Press, 2013) (with Zachary Elkins and James Melton).

Political Constraints on International Courts, in Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication (Karen Alter, Cesare Romano and Yuval Shany, eds., 2013).

The Judicialization of Japanese Politics? In Japanese Law: An Era of Transition (Tom Ginsburg and Harry Scheiber, eds., Berkeley: Robbins Collection Publishers 2013) (with Tokujin Matsudaira).

Still the Land of Presidentialism? Executives and the Latin American Constitution, in New Constitutionalism In Latin America: Promises and Practices 73-99 (Detlef Nolte and Almut Schilling-Vacaflor, eds., Ashgate, 2012) (with Zachary Elkins and Jose Cheibub).

Constitutional Law and Courts, in Research Handbook on Comparative Law and Society, (David Clark, ed., Edward Elgar Publishing 2012).

The Judicialization of Japanese Politics, in The Judicialization of Politics in Asia 17-36 (Bjoern Dressel, ed., Routledge 2012).

The Future of National Constitutions, in The Law of the Future and the Future of Law (Sam Muller, et al., eds., Torkel Opsahl Academic Publishers, 2011).


Constitutional Endurance, in Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011).

In Defense of Imperialism: The Rule of Law and the State-Building Project, in Nomos: Getting to the Rule of Law (James Fleming, ed., 2011).

The Politics of Courts in Democratization, in Global Perspectives on the Rule of Law (James J. Heckman, Robert L. Nelson and Lee Cabatingan, eds., 2011).

Lawrence Friedman’s Comparative Law in Law, in Society and History:  Essays on Themes in the Legal History and Legal Sociology of Lawrence M. Friedman 52-64 (Robert Gordon and Morton J. Horwitz, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2011).


Constitutional Specificity: Some Preliminary Investigations, in Future of Comparative Study of Law (Chuo University Press, 2011).

Written Constitutions and the Administrative State: On the Constitutional Character of Administrative Law, in Comparative Administrative Law 117-27 (Susan Rose-Ackerman and Peter Lindseth, eds., Edward Elgar, 2010).

Constitutional Specificity, Unwritten Understandings and Constitutional Agreement, in Constitutional Topography: Values and Constitutions 66-93 (Andras Sajo and Renata Utz, eds., 2010).

How Does International Law Work? In Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research 753 -82 (Peter Cane and Herbert Kritzer, eds., 2010)  (with Gregory Shaffer).

Public Choice and Constitutional Design, in Handbook of Public Choice (edited by Daniel Farber and Anne Joseph O’Connell, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010).


Judicial Independence in East Asia: Implications for China, in Judicial Independence in China (Randall Peerenboom, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2010).


Economic Analysis and Comparative Law, in Cambridge Companion to Comparative Law (Mauro Bussani, ed., 2009) (with Nuno Garoupa).

The Constitutional Court and the Judicialization of Korean Politics, in New Courts in Asia (in Andrew Harding, et al eds., Routledge 2009), reprinted in Public Law in East Asia (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013).

Constitutional Afterlife: The Continuing Impact of Thailand’s Post-Political Constitution, 7(1) International Journal of Constitutional Law 83-105 (2009), reprinted in Public Law in East Asia (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013).

Constitutional Courts in East Asia: Understanding Variation, Journal of Comparative  Law 3(2): 80-100 (2008), reprinted in Constitutional Courts: A Comparative Study, (Andrew Harding and Peter Leyland, Wildy, eds., Simmons and Hill Publishing, 2009) &  reprinted in Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014).

The Effects of Liberalization on Litigation: Notes Toward a Theory in the Context of Japan, 8 Wash U. Global Stud. L. Rev. 303-15 (2009), reprinted in Law and Society in East Asia (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013).

The Judicialization of Administrative Governance: Causes, Consequences and Limits, in Administrative Law and Governance in Asia: Comparative Perspectives 1-20 (Tom Ginsburg and Albert Chen, eds., Routledge University Press, 2009).

Administrative Law and the Judicial Control of Agents in Authoritarian Regimes, in Rule By Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes (Tom Ginsburg and Tamir Moustafa, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Introduction: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes, in Rule By Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes 1-22 (Tom Ginsburg and Tamir Moustafa, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2008) (co-authored with Tamir Moustafa).

The Politics of Transparency in Japanese Administrative Law, in Japanese Law in Transition (Daniel Foote, ed., University of Washington Press, 2008).


The Global Spread of Judicial Review, in Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Keith Whittington and Daniel Keleman, eds., 2008).

Gobierno Judicial y Consejo Judiciales: una Mirada desde el Derecho y law Economía, in Reforma Al Poder Judicial: Gobierno Judicial, Corte Suprema y Gestión 41-75 (José Francisco García, et al., eds. 2007) (with Nuno Garoupa).

Law and the Liberal Transformation of the Northeast Asian Legal Complex in Korea and Taiwan, in Fighting for Political Freedom: Comparative Studies of the Legal Complex and Political Liberalism 43- 63 (Terrence Halliday, Lucien Karpik and Malcolm Feeley, eds., Hart Publishing, 2007).

What We Know and What We Don’t Know About Law and Economic Development, in Research in Institutional Economics (Shao-an Huang, ed., Beijing: Economic Science Press, 2007) (in Chinese).

The Unreluctant Litigant? Japan’s Turn toward Litigation, 35 Journal of Legal Studies 31-62 (2006) (with Glenn Hoetker), excerpted in The Japanese Legal System, edited by Curtis Milhaupt, Mark Ramseyer and Mark West (2006), reprinted in Emerging Concepts of Rights in Japanese Law (Laurent Mayali and Harry Scheiber, eds., Berkeley, 2007).

The Warren Court in East Asia: An Essay in Comparative Law, in The Warren Court: A Retrospective (Harry Scheiber, ed., University of California Institute of Governmental Studies, 2006).

The Regulation of Regulation, in Corporate Governance in Context: Corporations, States and Markets in Europe, Japan and the U.S. 321-38 (Eddy Wymersch, Hideki Kanda, Harald Baum and Klaus Hopt., eds., Oxford University Press, 2006).

International Judicial Lawmaking, in International Conflict Resolution 155-82 (Stefan Voigt, Max Albert, and Dieter Schmitchen, eds., Mohr Siebeck, 2005).

Beyond Judicial Review: Ancillary Powers of Constitutional Courts, in Institutions and Public Law: Comparative Approaches 225-44 (Peter Lang Publishing, 2005).

Constitutional Courts, in Encyclopedia of Law and Society (David S. Clark, ed., Sage Publications, 2005).

Mongolia, in Handbook of Politics (Neal Tate, ed.) (2005).

East Asian Regulatory Informalism: Implications for Post-Communist Countries, in Law and Informal Practices: The Post-Communist Experience (Marina Kurkchiyan and Denis Galligan, eds., Oxford University Press, 2003).

System Change?  A New Perspective on Japan’s Administrative Procedures Law, in The Multiple Worlds of Japanese Law, supra, reprinted in Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht, Heft 13 (2002).

Becoming an International Arbitrator: Qualifications, Disclosures, Conduct and Removal, in The Practitioners Handbook of International Arbitration and Mediation (Rufus V. Rhoades, et al., ed., Juris Publishing 2002) (with Richard M. Mosk).

Ways of Criticizing Public Choice: Empiricism and the Use of Theory in Legal Scholarship, 2002 University of Illinois Law Review 1139 (2002), reprinted in Public Choice and Public Law (Daniel Farber ed., 2007) and Foundations of Law and Economics (Robert Cooter and Francesco Parisi, eds., 2009).

When Courts and Politics Collide: Mongolia’s Constitutional Crisis, 14 Columbia Journal of Asian Law 309 (Spring 2001) (with G. Ganzorig), reprinted in Public Law in East Asia (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013).

In Defense of Japanese Law, in The Multiple Worlds of Japanese Law, supra, reprinted in Zeitschrift für Japanisches Recht, Heft 12, 2001.

Nationalism, Elites and Mongolia’s Rapid Transformation, in Mongolia in the Twentieth Century: Landlocked Cosmopolitan (Stephen Kotkin and Bruce A. Elleman, eds., 1999).

Division of Powers in the European Union Constitution, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Law and Economics (P. Newman, ed., 1998) (with Robert Cooter).

Comparing Judicial Discretion in Industrial Democracies, in European Constitutional Law and Economics (K. Schmidtgen and R. Cooter, eds., 1997) (with Robert Cooter).

Constitutionalism and Human Rights in Mongolia in Transition (O. Bruun and O. Odgaard, eds.1996) (with G. Ganzorig).

Comparing Judicial Discretion: An Empirical Test of Economic Models, 16 International Review of Law and Economics 295 (1996) (with Robert Cooter), reprinted in Constitutional Political Economy (Stefan Voigt, ed., 2003).