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The Military, Constitutional Democracy, and Egypt

—Ozan Varol, Lewis & Clark Law School [Editors’ Note: In this forum on Egypt and New Perspectives on Constitution-Making, three young scholars of comparative constitutional law – Ozan Varol, Will Partlett, and David Landau – discuss their recent work on constitution-making and democratic transitions, focusing on Egypt. The work offers counter-intuitive predictions about the pace

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Published on November 11, 2012
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The Context of Iceland‘s Constitutional Revision – Will it Doom the Draft?

– Ragnhildur Helgadóttir, Professor of Law, Reykjavík University The revision of the Icelandic constitution (see posts from Oct. 15 and 21) was an important part of the reaction to the financial crisis of 2008. Following the crash, a government had to leave office and a Parliamentary Investigative Commission handed in a black report on the

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Published on November 10, 2012
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Comparative Access to Justice

— Steven D. Schwinn, Associate Professor of Law, The John Marshall Law School Access to justice is one of the more widely recognized privileges in constitutional law and international human rights today. All of the most progressive and contemporary constitutions and human rights instruments recognize some form of it. The South Africans, the Germans, the

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Published on November 10, 2012
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Five Electoral Systems that make even less sense than the Electoral College

–Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez and Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law School [reprinted from www.foreignpolicy.com] Grousing about our arcane and nonsensical Electoral College, and calling publicly for its end, have by now become time-honored election season traditions in the United States. This year, even the Russians, themselves no paragons of functional democracy, have gotten in on the

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Published on November 7, 2012
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Making Government Work for the 99%? (And the 53%? And the 47%)?: Why we Need to Re-think the Separation in the Separation of Powers

—Eoin Carolan, Lecturer in Law, University College Dublin Has the separation of powers outlived its usefulness? After all, contemporary government bears little if any resemblance to the 18th century structures on which Montesquieu’s influential account of the separation of powers was modelled. Nor does government today mirror to a significant degree the adapted institutional arrangements

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Published on November 6, 2012
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Article Review: Mark Tushnet, Vicki Jackson and Rosalind Dixon on Outsider Constitutional Interpretation

[Editor’s note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Article Review Series, Mark Tushnet comments on Vicki Jackson and Rosalind Dixon’s article on “Constitutions Inside Out: Outsider Interventions in Domestic Constitutional Contests,” forthcoming in the Wake Forest Law Review. Professors Jackson and Dixon first describe their argument, and Professor Tushnet responds.] Another Dimension to Transnational Constitutionalism? Outsider

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Published on November 4, 2012
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The value of case-specific inquiry in comparative constitutional law methodology: Preliminary thoughts and questions

—Claudia E. Haupt, Associate-in-Law, Columbia University What exactly are we doing when we engage in comparative constitutional inquiry? How do we choose the parameters of comparison? How do we determine whether we ought to engage in a large sample size (or large-N) or a small sample size (or small-N) study? Unsurprisingly, the reflexive answer is:

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Published on November 2, 2012
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