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The Constituent Dilemma in Latin America

–Gabriel L. Negretto, Associate Professor, Division of Political Studies, CIDE Since the great revolutions of the late eighteenth century, the central principle of democratic constitutionalism has been that the people, as the supreme authority in a polity, is the only legitimate author of constitutions. This principle was enshrined in the theory of constituent power, according

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Published on September 9, 2013
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Amending the Greek Constitution in a Time of Crisis: The Greek Socialist Party’s (PASOK) Blueprint

–Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece On the 24th of July 2013, on the 38th anniversary of the Greek Constitution of 1975 and the return to Democracy after the ‘Colonels’ dictatorship (1967-1974), the President of the Greek Socialist Party and a well known constitutionalist, Evangelos Venizelos, presented a proposed fourth amendment of the

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Published on September 4, 2013
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New Scholarship Review: Interview with Ozan Varol

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this first installment of I-CONnect’s interview series, I speak with Ozan Varol about his forthcoming paper on Temporary Constitutions. In his new paper, Professor Varol explores the costs and benefits of designing temporary constitutions. A temporary constitution, as Professor Varol defines it, “limits its own term and lapses at

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Published on September 2, 2013
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Petition to Save the Rechtskulturen Project

Russell Miller (Washington and Lee) asked that we pass along a petition to save the Rechtskulturen project in Berlin. The project hosts the Verfassungsblog, Germany’s new, much-admired and dynamic constitutional law blog, as well as other programming aimed at promoting critical and interdisciplinary comparative law work in Germany and the world. If you are interested

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Published on August 30, 2013
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Freedom of Expression or Freedom from Electoral Unfairness?: The ECHR Upholds a Ban on Political Advertising

—Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin The decision in Animal Defenders International v. U.K. represents the European Court of Human Rights’ latest effort to resolve the contentious and long-running debate about the compatibility of a prohibition on political advertising with the protection afforded to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human

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Published on August 29, 2013
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The Constituent Power of Student Protests in Chile

–Fernando Muñoz León, Assistant Professor, Universidad Austral de Chile 2011 was an important year for social movements and popular protest in liberal democracies. For instance, the United States had the Occupy movement and Spain the Indignados. Chile had its own share in the form of massive student protests that put the government on the ropes

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Published on August 26, 2013
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The First Ten Years of The Indonesian Constitutional Court: The Unexpected Insurance Role

–Stefanus Hendrianto, Santa Clara University On August 13, 2013, Indonesia celebrates the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the country’s Constitutional Court. The rise of the Indonesian Constitutional Court, indeed, has been one of the success stories of the democratization process in Indonesia. In this essay, I would like to provide a brief overview of

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Published on August 25, 2013
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Nathan Brown: Quick Reactions to Egypt’s New Draft Constitution

–Nathan Brown, George Washington University A verson of the new draft Constitution has been published this morning in Egypt. Al-Shuruq says that it is still undergoing linguistic correction, and the draft as published has some gaps, so it is not clear how authoritative it is. While I have not gone through the draft in careful

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Published on August 22, 2013
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Margin of Appreciation at the African Court

Our sometimes contributor Adem Kassie Abebe has a new post over at AfricLaw in which he further analyzes the recent case of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights against Tanzania, Tanganyika Law Society and The Legal and Human Rights Centre and Reverend Christopher Mtikila v. The United Republic of Tanzania, Applications 009&011/2011. That

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Published on August 22, 2013
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Review of Courts and Consociations, by Christopher McCrudden and Brendan O’Leary (OUP 2013)

—Reviewed by Tom Ginsburg In its 2009 decision in the case of Sejdić and Finci v. Bosnia, the European Court of Human Rights found in favor of two applicants who challenged the provision of the Bosnian Constitution restricting certain political offices to three “constituent peoples”. These restrictive arrangements were a central pillar of the Dayton

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Published on August 16, 2013
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