David E. Landau

Professor David Landau

David E. Landau

Mason Ladd Professor and Associate Dean for International Programs
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 316
Phone: 850.644.6341
Fax: 850.644.0576


J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 2004
Ph.D. (Political Science), Harvard University, 2015 
A.B., summa cum laude, Harvard University, 2001

Professor Landau writes primarily about the field of comparative constitutional law, with a focus on Latin America. His recent work has focused on democratic transitions and the potential risks of constitutional amendment and constitution-making for democracy, as well as on judicial activism on socioeconomic rights issues across the developing world. He has published in various journals including the Harvard International Law Journal, the UC Davis Law Review, the Boston College Law Review, and the Alabama Law Review.

In 2011, Professor Landau served as a consultant on constitutional issues for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Honduras. Since 2012, he has been a founding editor of IConnect, the blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law.

Professor Landau has taught Civil Procedure, Public International Law, Conflict of Laws, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law I, and International Litigation and Arbitration. He is also Associate Dean for International Programs, and in that capacity is in charge of the graduate LL.M. Program in American Law for Foreign Lawyers and the Certificate Program in International Law for J.D. students.

Select Recent Publications

THE EVOLUTION OF THE SEPARATION OF POWERS (co-editor with David Bilchitz) (Edward Elgar Publishing) (forthcoming 2018)

COLOMBIAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: LEADING CASES (with Manuel Jose Cepeda Espinosa) (Oxford University Press 2017)

Colombia Press 2015)

Legal Pragmatism and Comparative Constitutional Law, in Comparative Constitutional Theory (Gary Jacobsohn & Miguel Schor, editors) (Edward Elgar Publishing) (forthcoming 2017)

South African Social Rights Jurisprudence and the Global Canon: A Revisionist View, in South African Constitutionalism after 20 Years (Theunis Roux & Rosalind Dixon, editors) (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2017)

Constitutional Non-Transformation? Socioeconomic Rights beyond 
the Poor
 (with Rosalind Dixon), in The Future of Social and Economic Rights (Katharine G. Young, editor) (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2017)

Judicial Role and the Limits of Constitutional Convergence in Latin America, in Handbook on Comparative Constitutional Law in Latin America (Tom Ginsburg & Rosalind Dixon, editors) (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017)

Constitutional Endurance and Democracy: Judging Constitutional Performance (with Rosalind Dixon), in Assessing Constitutional Performance (Tom Ginsburg & Aziz Huq, editors) (Cambridge University Press 2016)

The Promise of a Minimum Core Approach: The Colombian Model for Judicial Review of Austerity Measures, in Economic and Social Rights After the Global Financial Crisis (Aoife Nolan, editor) (Cambridge University Press 2014)

Tiered Constitutional Design (with Rosalind Dixon), 86 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2018)

Constitutional Design, International Law and Vulnerable Insiders: The Victims of Internal Armed Conflict in Colombia, 57 Va. J. Int’l L. __ (forthcoming 2017)

Democratic Erosion and Constitution-Making Moments: The Role of International Law, 3 U.C. Irvine J. Int’l Transnat’l & Comp. L. 87 (2017)

The Substitute and Complement Theories of Judicial Review, 92 Ind. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2017)

Selective Entrenchment in State Constitutional Law: Lessons from Comparative Experience, 69 Ark. L. Rev. 425 (2016)

Political Support and Structural Constitutional Law, 67 Ala. L. Rev. 1069 (2016)

Book Review: Fragile Democracies: Contested Power in the Age of Constitutional Courts (by Samuel Issacharoff ), 13 Int’l J. Const. L. 1082 (2015)

Constraining Constitutional Change (with Rosalind Dixon), 50 Wake Forest L. Rev. 859 (2015)

Transnational Constitutionalism and a Limited Doctrine of Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendment (with Rosalind Dixon), 13 Int’l J. Const. L. 606 (2015)

A Dynamic Theory of Judicial Role, 55 B.C. L. Rev. 1501 (2014)

Aggressive Weak-Form Review, 5 Const. Ct. Rev. 244 (South Africa) (2014)