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The Team that Brings You “What’s New in Public Law”

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School We published the first edition of “What’s New” three years ago on January 5, 2014. Its format today is largely unchanged and its purpose has remained the same: to update our readers on developments in public law around the world from the previous week. Developments include news from constitutional and supreme

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Published on December 29, 2016
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The Hungarian Constitutional Court on the Limits of EU Law in the Hungarian Legal System

—Tímea Drinóczi, University of Pécs, Hungary Last month, on November 30, just one week after the Seventh Constitutional Amendment had failed,[1] the Constitutional Court declared in its ruling 22/2016 (XII. 5.) that by exercising its competences, it can examine whether the joint exercise of competences under Article E) (2) of the Fundamental Law of Hungary (FL)

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Published on December 29, 2016
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2016 Book Recommendation: Contiades & Fotiadou on “The People”

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Xenophon Contiades & Alkmene Fotiadou (eds.). Participatory Constitutional Change: The People as Amenders of the Constitution. Routledge, 2017. P. 217. £ 95.00. ISBN: 978-1472478696. In a recent I·CON editorial, Joseph Weiler laments the prevalence of low-quality edited volumes in the field of public law. Calling them “unedited books,” Weiler

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Published on December 28, 2016
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2016 Book Recommendations–Hofstadter on American Politics, Lanni on Ancient Athens

—Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Richard Hofstadter. The paranoid style in American politics and other essays. Harvard University Press, 1996 (1964). P. 346. ISBN: 978-0674654617 Adriaan Lanni. Law and Order in Ancient Athens. Cambridge University Press, 2016. P. 240. £ 80.00. ISBN: 9781139048194 On the eve of our momentous presidential election, I decided to re-read

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Published on December 27, 2016
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What’s New in Public Law

–Patrick Yingling, Reed Smith LLP In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in 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 public law blogosphere. To submit relevant developments for our weekly

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Published on December 26, 2016
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Two Kinds of Unconstitutional Constitutional Interpretations in China’s Hong Kong

—Dr. P.Y. Lo, Barrister-at-law, Gilt Chambers, Hong Kong; Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong The taking of oaths by two members of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the first meeting of the newly elected Legislative Council on 12 October

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Published on December 23, 2016
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UK Learns Brexit is Easier Said Than Done

[This post was first published on the website of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. It is republished here with permission of the author.] —David R. Cameron, Professor of Political Science, Director of the Program on European Union Studies, Yale University When Prime Minister Theresa May took over

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Published on December 23, 2016
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Abusive Judicial Activism and Judicial Independence in Brazil

—Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília When delivering his speech at the Brazilian Supreme Court on December 5 on “Public Ethics and Democracy,” Michael Sandel, Professor at Harvard University, could not foresee what was about to happen that very day just some floors above the conference room. Amid a rich debate on the role of

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Published on December 22, 2016
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Call for Applications–Emile Noël Fellowship Program at NYU School of Law

A message from the I-CON Co-Editors-in-Chief, Joseph Weiler and Gráinne de Búrca, faculty directors of the Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law: The Jean Monnet Center at NYU School of Law is currently accepting applications for its Emile Noël Fellowship Program  for AY 2017/18. A limited number of fellowships are available. The application deadline

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Published on December 22, 2016
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Special Announcement: I-CONnect Columnists for 2017

—David Landau, Florida State University College of Law The editors of I-CONnect are pleased to announce a new initiative – starting in January 2017, we will be featuring regular columnists. The idea of the columns is to provide the blog with regular contributors who have a distinctive voice and unique perspective on public law. Columns,

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Published on December 21, 2016
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