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Political Donations in Japan

A new article about the law of political donations in Japan: In Japan, there has been increased scrutiny of companies’ general participation in the political process, in particular political campaign contributions. Over the past decade, Japan has placed new restrictions on companies’ political giving and has required greater disclosure of campaign contributions. Increasingly, shareholders are

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Published on August 11, 2009
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Political Donations in Japan

A new article about the law of political donations in Japan: In Japan, there has been increased scrutiny of companies’ general participation in the political process, in particular political campaign contributions. Over the past decade, Japan has placed new restrictions on companies’ political giving and has required greater disclosure of campaign contributions. Increasingly, shareholders are

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Published on August 11, 2009
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The Sociology of Comparative Constitutional Scholarship

poli sci/non-US focus

Published on August 10, 2009
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Legal Rights in China

An interesting story here about the detention of a legal rights activist in China.

Published on August 10, 2009
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Helmke and Rosenbluth on Judicial Independence

Gretchen Helmke, who has written earlier on many topics, including the politics of constitutional review in Argentina, has a new paper (gated) with Frances Rosenbluth about judicial independence from a comparative perspective: According to popular wisdom, judicial independence and the rule of law are essential features of modern democracy. Drawing on the growing comparative literature

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Published on August 8, 2009
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The Spread of the Jury Trial

David Law’s excellent post (if you liked that, you should read his great article on Japan, employing a relatively new, interview-based strategy for studying comparative constitutional law, an article which Ran Hirschl also referenced) reminded me to draw attention to a new article on the spread of the jury trial around the world. The abstract

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Published on August 8, 2009
Author:          Filed under: David Fontana, hp, jury system
 
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Comparative Constitutional Law and Visiting Professors

Yes, I admit it: I read Brian Leiter’s Blog. While it might not be as hard to admit that as it is to admit that I also read Above the Law, not all law professors freely admit that they read Leiter’s Blog. But of the many sources of helpful information it provides, one is information

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Published on August 8, 2009
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How do you say “ladies, gentlemen, and judges of the jury” in Japanese?

For the first time in decades, as the Economist reports, Japan once again has a jury system (or, if you’re feeling saucy, a “saiban-in seido”), and it is puzzling in a variety of ways. The first puzzle has to do with its sheer existence. It’s not clear who exactly wants this system, or why. Regular

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Published on August 7, 2009
Author:          Filed under: criminal justice, David Law, Denny's, Economist, hp, Japan, jury system, parakeet, saiban-in seido
 
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A New Chief Justice for South Africa

Today, President Zuma announced that Justice Sandile Ngcobo will become the new Chief Justice of South Africa. The appointment is potentially significant in both: (1) what it says about Zuma’s commitment to judicial independence; and (2) what it signals about the likely direction of the Constitutional Court’s jurisprudence, at least over the next two years,

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Published on August 7, 2009
Author:          Filed under: courts, hp, Rosalind Dixon, south africa
 
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A New Chief Justice for South Africa

Today, President Zuma announced that Justice Sandile Ngcobo will be become the third Chief Justice of a democratic South Africa. The appointment is potentially significance in both: (1) what it says about Zuma’s commitment to judicial independence; and (2) what it signals about the likely direction of the Constitutional Court’s jurisprudence, at least over the

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Published on August 7, 2009
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