Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Month: October 2013

  • Myth and Misdirection in Constitutional Amendment

    —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Cross-posted from Cognoscenti. There is a constitutional amendment for every problem in the United States, or so politicians would have us believe. Is it your view that abortion is unraveling the moral fabric of America?

  • Golden Dawn Party Faces Prosecution

    –Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Appeals Asylum Authority, Greece One of the most important recent events in Greece has been the attempt to prosecute the far-right Golden Dawn party. The ongoing prosecution raises important questions about the proper limits of toleration for ultra-nationalist, racist parties in a democracy.

  • Call for Papers: 3rd Annual YCC Conference

    AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPARATIVE LAW  YOUNGER COMPARATIVISTS COMMITTEE CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its third annual conference, to be held on April 4-5, 2014, at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.  

  • Indonesian Constitutional Court Rejects Blasphemy Law Case

    —Melissa Crouch, National University of Singapore In April 2013, the Indonesian Constitutional Court rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the Blasphemy Law (although the court decision was only made publically available in September 2013). As I argued previously, this was the most likely outcome, given the weak constitutional nature of the arguments raised and the failed challenge to the Blasphemy Law in 2010 (‘Case 1’).

  • A Conversation with Mark Kende on South African Constitutional Law

    –Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this installment of I-CONnect’s interview series, I speak with Mark Kende about his work on South African constitutional law. Professor Kende holds the James Madison Chair in Constitutional Law at Drake Law School, where he teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, civil rights and civil procedure.

  • Indonesian Constitutional Politics

    —Fritz Siregar, University of New South Wales As an emerging democracy, Indonesia is learning how to become a democratic country. The Indonesian Constitutional Court (“the Court”) plays an important role in determining what kind of democracy Indonesia will become, because there is a gap between what the 1945 Constitution tries to achieve, and what is possible given the current political maturity of the various parties.

  • Article Review/Response: Carlos Bernal-Pulido and Yaniv Roznai on Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments

    [Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Article Review/Response Series, Yaniv Roznai reviews Carlos Bernal-Pulido’s recent article in I•CON on Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments in the Case Study of Colombia: An Analysis of the Justification and Meaning of the Constitutional Replacement Doctrine.

  • Book Review/Response: Katharine Young and Jamal Greene on Economic and Social Rights

    [Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Book Review/Response Series, Jamal Greene reviews Katharine Young’s recent book Constituting Economic and Social Rights. Katharine Young then responds to the review.] Review by Jamal Greene –Jamal Greene, Columbia Law School, reviewing Katharine Young, Constituting Economic and Social Rights (Oxford 2012) In San Antonio Independent School District v.

  • What Constitutional Future for Syria?

    —Zoran Oklopcic (Carleton University) & Mohamad Ghossein (University of Ottawa) As the discourse of military intervention in Syria gradually subsides, and a political solution to the conflict seems marginally more likely, a full-blown debate about the constitutional future of Syria may appear premature.

  • Ireland’s Senate Survives

    —Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin In a result that defied all pre-referendum opinion polls, a narrow majority of voters last week rejected a proposal to abolish Ireland’s Seanad (Senate). The proposal, which was closely associated with Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, was defeated by 51.7% to 48.3%, a margin of almost 42,500 votes.