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Investigations and the Supreme Court of Mexico

According to The New York Times, the Supreme Court of Mexico will be setting up a commission to investigate a fire at a day care center in June that resulted in 49 deaths.

Published on August 7, 2009
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Conference on Comparative Constitutional Law

From the website of the Pace International Law Review, a conference on comparative constitutional law, described below: Pace International Law Review will hold a symposium entitled Comparative Constitutional Law: National Security Across the Globe. The symposium is scheduled to be held in November of 2009 as an all day event with multiple panelists and guest

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Published on August 7, 2009
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The End of the House of Lords

What presumably is the last decision, ever, of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords, was issued on 30 July. The jurisdiction of the Committee (and more) will be exercised from October 2009 by the new Supreme Court for the United Kingdom, sitting in the historic Middlesex Guildhall in Parliament Square, London. Purdy, R

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Published on August 7, 2009
Author:          Filed under: Cheryl Saunders, hp, United Kingdom
 
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Symposium on constitutional design

A very interesting symposium issue of the Texas Law Review (June 2009) has just been published. It deals with the theory and practice of constitutional engineering and is aptly entitled “What, if anything, do we know about constitutional design?” The symposium issue includes fourteen articles by such luminaries as Sanford Levinson, Mark Tushnet, John Ferejohn,

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Published on August 7, 2009
Author:          Filed under: constitutional design, hp, Ran Hirschl
 
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Approaches to Constitutional Change

One of the beautiful things about this blog is that I get to note new articles about topics like constitutional change in in Tonga: The Constitution of Tonga, 132 years old in 2007 — indeed one of the world’s oldest extant constitutions — has recently, for the first time in history, been subjected to significant

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Published on August 6, 2009
Author:          Filed under: David Fontana, hp, Tonga
 
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Albert on Amendments

An article posted on SSRN, written by Richard Albert from Boston College Law School, might be of interest to our readers. Here is the summary: The constitutional text in a constitutional democracy does not necessarily constrain constitutional change. Quite the contrary, constitutional change in a constitutional democracy often occurs in ways that depart from the

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Published on August 6, 2009
Author:          Filed under: amendment, hp, research
 
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Chile’s Constitutional Plight

In light of the current crisis of Honduras, Chile’s constitutional plight represents an interesting, contrasting case. While in Honduras the crisis started when the sitting President tried to bypass the Constitution’s prohibition against amendments aimed at allowing his own reelection, in Chile, a dictatorial regime managed to perpetuate important features of the military regime through

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Published on August 4, 2009
Author:          Filed under: Chile, hp, Javier Couso
 
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Constitution-Making and Democracy

In light of the current crisis of Honduras, Chile’s constitutional plight represents an interesting, contrasting case.While in Honduras the crisis started when the sitting President tried to bypass the Constitution’s prohibition against amendments aimed at allowing his own reelection, in Chile, a dictatorial regime managed to perpetuate important features of the military regime through the

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Published on August 4, 2009
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Of Coups and Term Limits: Thoughts on the Niger Referendum This Week

All eyes will be on Niger this Tuesday as President Mamadou Tandja goes ahead with a referendum to allow himself to rule for three more years after completing his constitutional mandate of two terms this December. Recall that when the Constitutional Court ruled his proposal unconstitutional earlier this summer, Tandja assumed emergency powers and disbanded

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Published on August 2, 2009
Author:          Filed under: coup, honduras, hp, niger, term limits
 
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Pakistan’s constitutional war continues

First off, these are no doubt good times for the comparative study of constitutions. A blog devoted to comparative constitutional law and courts would have been a near-fantasy merely a decade ago. More than anything else, its establishment reflects the growing interest and tremendous advancement in the comparative study of law and courts over the

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Published on August 1, 2009
Author:          Filed under: constitutional politics, hp, Pakistan, Ran Hirschl