Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Month: August 2009

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  • More on the election campaign against conservative justices in Japan

    As promised, Colin Jones has an interesting update on the public campaign to unseat a pair of sitting Supreme Court justices in the upcoming Japanese election. Thus far, in a nutshell, a retired Supreme Court justice is calling for the election defeat of two of his former colleagues in an advertising campaign that expressly uses a U.S.

  • Term Limits Imperiled Again (this time in Colombia)

    The perennial war of term limits versus presidents in Latin America seems to have opened a new front in Colombia — my native country, no less. There, it appears that term limits pose no match for popular President Uribe, whose supporters have pushed through a bill in the senate that paves the way for a referendum to remove limits on presidential re-election.

  • When Supreme Court justices attack … each other

    Imagine if Justice O’Connor were to sponsor a full-page advertisement in the New York Times calling for the impeachment of her former colleague, Justice Kennedy, because she disagrees with the positions he has taken on some issue–say, voting rights. Hard to imagine, right?

  • The Continental Divide Writ Small

    One of the interesting phenomena in North American constitutionalism is the subtle duet of convergence alongside enduring divergence in the constitutional law and practice of the United States and Canada. The border between the two countries is often described as the longest friendly border in the world.

  • Are Constitutions like Marriage?

    The convenant binding two people “til death do [them] part” seems to have much in common with constitutions. Both contracts are highly symbolic and probably confer some degree of legitimacy upon unions that will inevitably weather their fair share of crises.

  • Constitutional implications of Japan’s upcoming election

    Japan’s Lower House elections will occur in a few days time on August 30. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which has run Japan more or less continuously since its formation since 1955, is widely expected to go down to defeat. The opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is expected to take the lead role in a new government, probably in cooperation with coalition partners.

  • Iraq’s Constitutional Review Committee Delivers its Final Report to Parliament

    The Iraq Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) submitted its final report to the Iraq Parliament on July 27 with little notice or fanfare – over two and half years after it began its constitutionally mandated comprehensive review, the report comes in at 68 pages (in English) and represents dozens of proposed amendments to the 2005 Constitution.

  • The Constitution of Kosovo and Appointing Judges

    One of the benefits of being a law professor in Washington, D.C. is that you have the chance to talk to the many interesting people who happen to be passing through town. For someone interested in comparative constitutional law in particular, this can be quite helpful, as your lunch companions can be valuable sources of information about constitutional developments around the world.

  • Guest Post: Constitutional Aftermath of Taiwan’s Typhoon

    Typhoon Morakot, now known as Taiwan’s Katrina, brought not only a catastropic flood but also a political avalanche to Taiwan. Public criticism toward the government’s disordered, too-slow rescue efforts is giving rise to anger against President Ma, blaming him for his inaction, wooden qualities and incompetence as leader of the nation.