Leo Spitz Professor of Law, University of Chicago

Director, The Comparative Constitutions Project 

Tom Ginsburg

Book Reviews & Other Publications

Making Constitutions: Presidents, Parties and Institutional Choice in Latin America by Gabriel L. Neretto. 129 Political Science Quarterly 4 (2014).


Innovative Language in the Preamble: Research and Poetics in AmericaN, by Lucky Pierre 2013 (with Amber Ginsburg).

The Constitution of Japan. By Shigenori Matsui, 25 Japan Review 208-209. (2013).

Asian Legal Revivals. By Bryant Garth and Yves Dezalay, 46 Law and Society Review 928-29 (2012).


Iceland’s Draft Constitution, Comparative Constitutions Project Report, October 2012.


Comparative Constitutional Review, US Institute of Peace Report, available at http://www.usip.org/files/ROL/TG_Memo_on_Constitutional_Review%20for%202011_v4.pdf (2012).

Legal Education in Asia, edited by Stacey Steele and Kathryn Taylor, Pacific Affairs 338-39 (2010).

East Asian Regionalism from a Legal Perspective: Current Features and a Vision for the Future, edited by Tamio Nakamura, Social Science Japan Journal (2010).

Judicial System Transformation in the Globalizing World: Korea and Japan, 20:5 Law and Politics Book Review 162-63 (May 2010).

Judges Beyond Politics in Democracy and Dictatorship: Lessons from Chile. By Lisa Hilbink, 43:2 Law and Society Review 443-44 (2009).

The Meiji Constitution: The Japanese Experience of the West and the Shaping of the Modern State by Kazuhiro Takii, 34:2 Journal of Japanese Studies (2008).

Courts and Social Transformation in New Democracies: An Institutional Voice for the Poor? 14 Democratization 743 (2007).

Law and Justice in Korea: North and South, by Chongko Choi, 30 Journal of Korean Studies 126-28 (2006).


Democracy, Markets and Doomsaying: Review Essay on Amy Chua’s World on Fire, 22 Berkeley Journal of International Law 310 (2004).

The Japanese Adversary System in Context: Controversies and Comparisons, edited by Malcolm M. Feeley and Setsuo Miyazawa, 30:2 Journal of Japanese Studies 572-78 (2004).

Rethinking the Masters of Comparative Law, edited by Annelise Riles, 12:4 Law and Politics Book Review 204 (2002).


The Law and Policy of Earthquake Hazard in the Central United States, University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs Working Paper #104, 2002 (with Timothy Stark).

East Meets West: Human Rights and Democracy in East Asia (by Daniel Bell), 10:10 Law and Politics Book Review 577 (2000).


Property Rights and Economic Development, lecture in Teaching about Japan in Japan (Richard Bowring and Noel J. Pinnington eds., Fukuoka: Kyushu University Press, 2001).


Iran-US Claims Tribunal: Case No. A27, 24a Y.B. Int’l Commercial Arbitration 512-14 (1999).


Deepening Democracy: Mongolia in 1997, 38 Asian Survey 64 (1998).

Modern Mongolia—A Concise History (by Ts. Batbayar), 28 Journal of Contemporary Asia 572 (1998).


Shaping Constitutional Values, by Neal Devins, 85 California Law Review 749 (1997).


Fighting Fire and Ice: Mongolia in 1996, 37 Asian Survey 60 (1997).


In the Shadows of Giants: Small States in Asia, Center for Asian Pacific Affairs, Report No. 21 (1995).

Mongolia's Draft Media Law, Post-Soviet Media Law and Policy Report (Nov. 1994).

A Colder Peace?  Issues in the U.S.-Japan Security Relationship, in R. Scalapino, S. Sato, and T. Ginsburg: The Future of the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance (1991).