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State Constitutionalism and the Comparative Project

First, thanks to Zach Elkins and Tom Ginsburg, master scholars, impressarios of the great comparative constitutionalism project, and all-around good guys, for inviting me to guest blog on state constitutionalism and state con law. Second, by way of introduction, I am the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas, recently

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Published on September 4, 2009
Author:          Filed under: constitutional design, hp, United States
 
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Dignity, Death & the Depth of Comparative Engagement in the US

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Montana heard argument in Baxter v. State of Montana (Case No. DA 09-0051), an appeal by the state of Montana against a decision by a district court judge, Judge Dorothy McCarter, recognizing a right to physician assisted suicide under the Montana state constitution. (The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington v.

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Published on September 3, 2009
Author:          Filed under: courts, dignity, hp, right to die, United States
 
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Quiet ending (for now) to the debate over judicial appointments in Israel

A couple of weeks after Justice Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was confirmed, another, longer and more intense struggle over judicial appointments has reached its quiet ending, with the appointment of three new justices to the Supreme Court of Israel. Israel is arguably one of the prime examples of what I have termed

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Published on September 3, 2009
Author:          Filed under: hp, Israel, judicial appointments, Ran Hirschl
 
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Once Pinochet’s Censor, Now President of the Constitutional Court

Even close observers of Chile’s constitutional politics were taken by surprise when an electronic newspaper (‘El Mostrador’) reported a few weeks ago that the new President of the Constitutional Court had been the director of DINACOS (an agency organized during Augusto Pinochet’s regime to implement censorship).The new head of the Constitutional Court, Marcelo Venegas, had

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Published on September 2, 2009
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