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The Internet Tax Debate: Genuine Freedom of Assembly vs. the Illusion of Direct Democracy in Hungary

—Zoltán Pozsár-Szentmiklósy, ELTE University, Budapest On October 21, 2014, Hungarian government officials announced that in the 2015 state budget they would include a tax on internet data transfer. This so-called internet tax was widely criticized in the media and in civil society. A rapidly growing protest movement was organized on Facebook and a demonstration took

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Published on November 19, 2014
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Video Interview: “Bills of Rights in the Common Law” Featuring Robert Leckey

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this installment of our new video interview series at I-CONnect, I interview Robert Leckey on his forthcoming book entitled “Bills of Rights in the Common Law,” to be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2015. Here is the book’s abstract: Scholars have addressed at length the ‘what’ of judicial review

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Published on November 18, 2014
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What’s New in Comparative Public Law

–Margaret Lan Xiao, Washington University in St. Louis 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. To submit relevant

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Published on November 17, 2014
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Against All Odds: The Kurds, Comparative Constitutionalism and Kobane

—Erin McGrath, University of Pittsburgh While the world watches the conflict carry on in Kobane, just over the Turkish border with Syria, important facts are understated in the press. The Kobane battle is the latest front in the effort by the Islamic State (IS), an armed terrorist group, to reestablish the Islamic Caliphate across Iraq

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Published on November 14, 2014
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Video Interview: Developments in Indian Constitutional Law Featuring Rohan Alva

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this latest installment of our new video interview series at I-CONnect, I interview Rohan Alva on developments in Indian constitutional law. In the interview, we discuss judicial review, current controversies in the separation of powers, the adjudication of socio-economic rights, the judicial use and non-use of comparative public law, access to

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Published on November 13, 2014
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Writs but no Weapons? A Stocktake on Administrative Justice in Myanmar

—Melissa Crouch, National University of Singapore and University of New South Wales (from December 2014) The former Chief Justice Ba U of the Supreme Court of Burma once described the constitutional writs as ‘weapons’. The early years of independence in Burma were a time of significant judicial activism, when the Supreme Court did not hesitate

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Published on November 13, 2014
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EU Accession to the ECHR: Ante Portas or a Mirage on the Horizon?

—Christina Eckes, University of Amsterdam, reviewing Vasiliki Kosta, Nikos Skoutaris, and Vassilis Tzevelekos, The EU Accession to the ECHR (Hart Publishing 2014, 402pp) Whether and when the European Union (EU) will accede to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) remains to be seen. What is certain is that the possibility of EU accession to the ECHR and

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Published on November 11, 2014
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What’s New in Comparative Law

—Angélique Devaux, French Qualified Attorney (Notaire Diplômée), LL.M American Law (IUPUI Robert H. McKinney School of Law) 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

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Published on November 10, 2014
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I•CON Debate Review by Brian Ray: Socio-Economic Rights and the Economic Crisis

[Editor’s Note: In this special installment of I•CONnect’s Review Series, Brian Ray offers a critical review of the I•CON debate between David Bilchitz and Xenophon Contiades & Alkmene Fotiadou on socio-economic rights and the economic crisis. The debate appears in the current issue of I•CON, beginning with Bilchitz’s paper here, followed by a reply by Contiades &

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Published on November 8, 2014
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Scottish independence and the European Union (I·CON 12, Issue 3: Editorial)

—J. H. H. Weiler, Editorial Director, I·CON; President and Secretary General, European University Institute The following Editorial was written before the voting in Scotland took place. It expresses a negative view regarding the prospects of Scottish independence written from both a Euro-prudential perspective and a more general normative one. There is no place for gloating. The

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Published on November 6, 2014
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