Presidential Succession

After Chávez: Restoring the Rule of Law in Venezuela - Podcast

International & National Security Practice Group Podcast
Roger F. Noriega, Dean A. Reuter May 22, 2013

After Chávez: Restoring the Rule of Law in Venezuela - PodcastAfter his election as Venezuela’s President in 1999, the late Hugo Chávez oversaw a gradual, but unmistakable, consolidation of power.  At the time of his death, Mr. Chávez controlled nearly all important institutions in Venezuela.  Although the Chávez regime was unchallenged in its exercise of power – using this power to arrest and detain opponents, silence opposition media, and illegally expropriate billions in private property – it did so under the guise of respect for the rule of law.  This amounted to little more than form over substance.  After Mr. Chávez’s death, and with the election of President Nicolás Maduro on April 14, 2013, what are the prospects for a return to democracy and genuine rule of law in Venezuela?


  • Hon. Roger F. Noriega, Founder and Managing Director, VisiónAméricas and Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; former U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States; and former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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Constitutional Cliffhangers - Faculty Book Podcast

Faculty Division Podcast 06-15-12 featuring Brian Kalt and Seth Tillman
Brian C. Kalt, Seth Tillman June 14, 2012

Faculty Division PodcastsWritten by Michigan State University Law professor Brian Kalt, Constitutional Cliffhangers envisions six constitutional controversies that could arise in selecting, replacing, and punishing a U.S. president.  None of Kalt’s scenarios, such as the criminal prosecution of a sitting president, a president pardoning himself, or a two-term president attempting to stay in power, have actually occurred, though some have come close.  In the book Kalt provides a legal guide to navigating these situations, should they ever occur, and in the process offers insight into pertinent structural and procedural provisions in the Constitution.   

Brian Kalt is joined by critical commenter Seth Barrett Tillman, a Lecturer in the Department of Law at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, to discuss the book.