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New blogger coming soon: Mark Kende

We have a new blogger coming soon. Mark Kende is the James Madison Chair Professor in Constitutional Law and Director of the Drake University Constitutional Law Center, which was endowed by the U.S. Congress. He is the author of “Constitutional Rights in Two Worlds: South Africa and the United States” (Cambridge Univ. Press 2009). He

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Published on January 19, 2010
Author:          Filed under: Tom Ginsburg
 
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Recent Scholarship on Comparative Constitutional Law

Four recent papers, each one excellent, merit the attention of readers with an interest in comparative constitutional law. The first, Studying Japanese Law Because It’s There, is an essay by Tom Ginsburg, my colleague here at the Comparative Constitutions Blog. Recently published in the American Journal of Comparative Law, this very important paper states in

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Top ten constitutional events in China

Here’s an interesting one. China’s Prosecutorial Daily has produced a list of the “top ten constitutional events” in 2009. Donald Clarke has kindly translated the list here. It’s a remarkable document in its conception of what counts as constitutional: many of the incidents involve abuse of power by lower level officials. We tend to think

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Published on January 17, 2010
Author:          Filed under: China, hp, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Will the head of state in Canada please stand up?

Several years after you read Peter Russell’s excellent book on the evolution of the Canadian constitution (now in its 3rd edition), you will be forgiven for forgetting the details of the many twists and turns of Canada’s constitutional odyssey. You will likely remember, however, Russell’s anecdote in the preface in which he describes the motivation

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Published on January 15, 2010
Author:          Filed under: Canada, hp, Zachary Elkins
 
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Angola constitution coming soon

Press reports indicate that Angola’s parliament will adopt a new constitution in the new week, extending the rule of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who has served since 1979. The constitution will replace the formally semi-presidential structure with a pure presidential system, replacing the prime minister with a vice president. It is seen as strengthening

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Published on January 14, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, Togo, Tom Ginsburg
 
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“Allah” and “God” in Malaysia

On New Year’s eve, the Malaysian High Court reportedly ruled that the Catholic Church may lawfully use the term “Allah” to refer to “God.” The judgment is not yet available on the High Court’s website but useful reports are available at the Jurist, on the BBC, and in Time Magazine. In the aftermath of the

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Published on January 11, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, Malaysia, religion, Richard Albert
 
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Kenya process continues

The constitution-making process in Kenya continues apace. The Committee of Experts has now submitted a revised harmonized draft to the parliament, which will then submit the document to a referendum. The revised draft retains the semi-presidential structure of the first draft, which has a directly-elected president and a prime minister. The Committee apparently believes that

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Published on January 9, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, Kenya, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Popular Consultation in Sudan

Tom, you’re right to highlight Sudan as a possible “hot spot” for constitutional reform in 2010 (and beyond), but not necessarily in the context of “crisis.” This isn’t to say some sort of crisis is out of the question (or even unlikely), but it is not the only scenario in which meaningful constitutional reform might

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Published on January 8, 2010
Author:          Filed under: constitutional change, consultation, federalism, hp, Jason Gluck, Sudan
 
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Japanese “constitutional” change

The Democratic Party of Japan continues its efforts to transform Japanese political practice toward greater congruence with formal demands of the Constitution. Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa is plotting strategy for a major reform bill, described here, that would reduce the power of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau to appear in the Diet. As a corrolary this would

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Published on January 7, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, Japan, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Comparative Constitutional Law Events at the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting

I am looking forward to attending the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting, held this year in New Orleans, starting today, January 6, and running until Sunday, January 10. For the convenience of readers, I have taken a moment to look through the program to highlight the comparative constitutional law events on offer at the AALS. All events,

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Published on January 6, 2010
Author:          Filed under: AALS, hp, Richard Albert