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But what was the turnout in Homs?

Syria’s Interior Ministry reported that the new constitution won the support of 89.4 percent of votes cast in Sunday’s referendum, with a turnout of 57.4 percent. The document itself, available here, features a rambling preamble (I am officially coining the term “preramble”) that touches on the tropes of Arab politics: anticolonialism, the Zionist enemy, modernization,

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Published on February 28, 2012
Author:          Filed under: authoritarianism, hp, Syria, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Workshop on Constitutions and the Environment

Erin Daly (Widener University), writes with an announcement about the following conference, which looks intriguing: Constitutional Environmental Rights Workshop Thursday, May 31, 2012 Environmental Law Center Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE On Thursday, May 31, 2012, the Widener Environmental Law Center (WELC) in Wilmington, Delaware, will host a one-day scholar workshop on recent

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Published on February 25, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Uncategorized
 
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New Constitution Attempts, but Is Unlikely, to End Mugabe Reign

A state-owned Zimbabwean newspaper is reporting that the new draft constitution, leaked last week, could prevent President Robert Mugabe from running for office. The salient clause, drafted by members of his own ZANU-PF party, states that “a person is disqualified for election as President if he or she has already held office for one or

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Published on February 23, 2012
Author:          Filed under: hp, Zimbabwe
 
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Nathan Brown on Egypt

Nathan Brown has a terrific op-ed in the Guardian here. He makes the excellent point that there will be far too much attention, both inside and outside Egypt, to the constitutional provisions governing Islam. Such provisions are always very vague, and whether the formula is that Islam is “the leading force” or “the basis of

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Published on February 15, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Egypt, hp, Nathan Brown
 
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Notes from Behind the Bench

Willy Forbath and John Ferejohn (visiting from NYU) are running a unique colloquium at Texas this spring.  They’ve invited six of the leading justices from constitutional courts around the world to visit and share insights from their time on the bench.   Yesterday, Manuel Jose Cepeda of Colombia’s constitutional court — widely viewed as one

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Published on February 14, 2012
Author:          Filed under: amendment, Colombia, constitutional courts, Zachary Elkins
 
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Syria Presses on with Constitutional Referendum

Russia’s support for beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains fiercely intact despite international condemnation of its veto at the UN Security Council. Following a meeting between al-Assad and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier this week, Syria insists on dialogue and national solutions, the only remaining one being the original constitutional referendum plan issued by

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Published on February 10, 2012
Author:          Filed under: authoritarianism, Cindy Tan, hp, Syria
 
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New York Times: “We the People” Loses Appeal to People

The online version of Adam Liptak’s piece in the New York Times on the declining appeal of the U.S. Constitution as a model to foreign countries is here.

Published on February 6, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Adam Liptak, David Law, hp, U.S. Constitution
 
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Justice Ginsburg to Egypt: Don’t copy the U.S. Constitution

Let’s say you’re a newly democratizing country – say, Egypt – in the market for a new constitution. What constitutions, if any, should you consider as models in drafting your own? According to Justice Ginsburg, the answer is, maybe Canada or South Africa, or constitutions written after World War II more generally. But … not

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Constitutional jurisprudence in paradise (Seychelles)

[I am delighted to post this note on behalf of the Honorable Justice Anthony Francis T. Fernando of the Court of Appeal, Seychelles – the highest court in that small Indian Ocean country. It concerns an important election appeal ruling rendered by the Seychelles Court of Appeal in December 2011. Seychelles was a single-party country

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Published on February 1, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Ran Hirschl, Seychelles