Susanna Mancini

Susanna Mancini, PhD

Adjunct Professor of International Law
International Law and Organizations
International Relations
International Development

SAIS Europe


  • Europe
  • United States
  • Culture
  • Culture, Religion and Politics
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Women's Rights
  • Human Rights and Democracy
  • International Law
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Background and Education

Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Bologna. Professor Mancini is interested in the intersection of law and culture, and particularly in law and religion, gender and the law, reproductive rights, multiculturalism, the multilevel protection of fundamental rights, federalism and secession. She is the Italian member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law. Professor Mancini has served as visiting professor at Fordham School of Law (NYC), the University of Toulouse, the Central European University, the Interdisciplinary Center (Israel); also a Floersheimer distinguished fellow and visiting professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School and a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute; a lecturer at several universities including Yale, Oxford, Columbia, Toronto, Montreal, and University College London; a member of the Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic Development. PhD, European University Institute and a JD from the Bologna School of Law.

Publications: Professor Mancini is currently working on an edited volume (with Michel Rosenfeld) on the "Conscience Wars" (Cambridge University Press). Her other publications include: Dorsen Rosenfeld, Sajo, Baer and Mancini Comparative Constitutionalism Cases and Materials (2016); Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival, co-edited (2014); "Secession and Self-Determination," in Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (2012); "Patriarchy as the Exclusive Domain of the Other: The Veil Controversy, False Projection and Cultural Racism," in International Journal of Constitutional Law (2012); "The Crucifix Rage: Supra-National Constitutionalism Bumps Against the Counter-Majoritarian Difficulty," in European Constitutional Law Review (2010); "To Be or Not To Be Jewish: The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom Answers The Question," in European Constitutional Law Review (2010); "The Judge as Moral Arbiter? The Case of Abortion," co-author, in Constitutional Topography: Constitutions and Values (2010); "The Power of Symbols and Symbols as Power: Secularism and Religion as Guarantors of Cultural Convergence," in Cardozo Law Review (2009); "Rethinking the Boundaries of Democratic Secession: Liberalism, Nationalism and the Right of Minorities to Self-Determination," in International Journal of Constitutional Law (2008).

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2015-04-13 00:00:00 
Fall 2017 
The first part ...
The first part of this course is designed to explore the complex inter-relationship between the quest for gender equality and multiculturalism, with an emphasis on the special dilemmas posed by religious systems which have or seek a significant measure of self-governance but do not accept liberal egalitarianism. The course, however, is not confined to an analysis of the "conflicts" generated by the anti-feminist and patriarchal nature of certain minority cultures, but seeks gender/culture connections in broader terms, taking into account liberalism's own difficulties in granting full citizenship to women. Questions to be examined include the following: Is the partnership of feminism and multiculturalism necessarily agonistic? In a culturally diverse world, what constitutes gender (in)equality? To which extent should democracies accommodate communal cultures inimical to liberal gender equality? Is there an emerging international and/or European model of accommodating cultural diversity which nevertheless adequately takes into account the gender dimension? The second part of the course analyzes the relationship between culture and the regulation of women’s sexual and reproductive rights, with special emphasis on domestic and sexual violence, abortion, and pornography. (Crossed listed International Relations/International Development) (IL)
October 11, 2013 
Susanna Mancini...

Susanna Mancini, Adjunct Professor of International Law, spoke at a conference on Religious Freedom and Equal Treatment: An International Look giving a speech on, "Reproductive Freedom and Claims of Conscience."