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Alexandra Huneeus

This chapter discusses the emergence of Inter-American constitutionalism by addressing two related questions. First, how has the Inter-American Court, despite its significant institutional constraints, come to be perceived as an entity that is forging a new American constitutional order by reshaping the content and practice of constitutional law in the region? Second, at what point will the Court have gone too far, such that we should worry about its incursion on the turf of domestic institutions, including but not limited to constitutional courts? By addressing these two puzzles – one empirical and one normative – the chapter aspires to put the emerging field of empirical studies of the Inter-American Court in closer dialogue with debates among legal scholars over the proper level of deference the Inter-American Court should exhibit. Keywords: Inter-American Court, Inter-American Constitutionalism, conventionality control, judicial dialogue, structural remedies, constitutional block