Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Month: March 2014

  • Abstract Deadline is March 31—ICON-S Inaugural Conference in Italy, June 2014—Call for Papers & Panels—Rethinking the Boundaries of Public Law and Public Space

    I-CONnect is pleased to announce the Call for Papers & Panels below for the Inaugural Conference of ICON-S: the International Society of Public Law. ICON-S is a new international learned society. Its Pro Term Executive Committee includes many of the world’s leading scholars in the field of public law.

  • Constitutionalizing Canada’s Supreme Court

    —Robert Leckey, McGill University A dispute over the legality of a politically questionable judicial appointment has resulted in what pundits call a stinging defeat for Canada’s prime minister and a bold assertion by the Supreme Court of Canada of its independence and constitutional status.

  • What’s New in Comparative Public Law

    –Patrick Yingling, Reed Smith LLP In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in comparative public law. “Developments” may include a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, and blog posts from around the comparative public law blogosphere.

  • General Anti-Tax-Avoidance Rule and the Belgian Constitutional Court

    –Eric Ntini Kasoko, University of Liège, Belgium (PhD Candidate) On 30th October 2013, the Belgian Constitutional Court ended the suspense as to whether or not the new general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR) applicable to income tax, registration fees and estate tax was contrary to the Belgian Constitution[i].

  • Perverse Ruling from Thai Constitutional Court Extends Political Crisis

    Thailand’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the Feb. 2 election was unconstitutional. This decision returns the country to its near-constant state of political crisis, which has become acute for the last several months, as Bangkok has been convulsing with demonstrations and counter-demonstrations.

  • I.CON’s current issue (Table of Contents)

    I.CON Volume 12 Issue 1 Table of Contents Editorial Articles Ruth Rubio-Marín, The achievement of female suffrage in Europe: On women´s citizenship Günter Frankenberg, Human rights and the belief in a just world Aoife Nolan, Holding non-state actors to account for constitutional economic and social rights violations: Experiences and lessons from South Africa and Ireland   Revisiting Van Gend en Loos: A Joint Symposium with the European Journal of International Law (EJIL) J.H.H.

  • What’s New in Comparative Public Law

    –Margaret Lan Xiao, Visiting Scholar, East Asian Legal Studies Center, UW-Madison Law School EALSC In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in comparative public law. “Developments” may include a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, and blog posts from around the comparative public law blogosphere.

  • Suspended Declarations of Invalidity and the Rule of Law

    —Robert Leckey, McGill University [cross-posted from UK Constitutional Law Blog] In December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada declared the constitutional invalidity of three major provisions in the domestic criminal law on sex work. Specifically, in Canada (Attorney General) v Bedford, the Court struck down prohibitions against keeping a bawdy-house, living on the avails of prostitution, and communicating for the purposes of prostitution.

  • What’s New in Comparative Public Law

    –Angelique Devaux, French Licensed Attorney (Notaire) In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in comparative public law. “Developments” may include a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, and blog posts from around the comparative public law blogosphere.

  • Afghanistan’s Constitution at Ten

    –Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Huq [cross-posted from FP.com] On January 26, Afghanistan’s Constitution turned 10. While simply making it to a tenth birthday is an achievement of sorts, as many national constitutions today do not survive that long, the impending withdrawal of international troops and a pivotal presidential election on the horizon provide an opportunity to reflect on the U.S-backed