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An Explicit Constitutional Change by Means of an Ordinary Statute? On a Bill Concerning the Reform of the National Council of the Judiciary in Poland

–Piotr Mikuli, Professor and head of Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law, Jagiellonian University Towards the end of January 2017, the Polish Ministry of Justice introduced a bill reforming the current legal status of the National Council of the Judiciary. If passed as proposed, the bill would seriously undermine the independence of the judiciary in Poland. The

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Published on February 23, 2017
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Comparative Law in the Age of Trump (I-CONnect Column)

—Aslı Bâli, UCLA School of Law [Editor’s note: This is one of our biweekly I-CONnect columns. Columns, while scholarly in accordance with the tone of the blog and about the same length as a normal blog post, are a bit more “op-ed” in nature than standard posts. For more information about our four columnists for 2017,

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Published on February 22, 2017
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Article Review: Ioanna Tourkochoriti on Jeremie Gilbert and David Keane’s “Equality versus fraternity? Rethinking France and its Minorities”

[Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Article Review Series, Ioanna Tourkochoriti reviews Jeremie Gilbert and David Keane’s “Equality versus fraternity? Rethinking France and its Minorities,” which appears in the current issue of I•CON. The full article is available for free here.] —Ioanna Tourkochoriti, National University of Ireland Galway Jeremie Gilbert and David Keane have written a very interesting

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Published on February 21, 2017
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What’s New in Public Law

–Simon Drugda, Nagoya University Graduate School of Law (Japan) 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

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Published on February 20, 2017
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Announcing the Inaugural Issue of the Africa Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law

–Dr. Tom Kabau, Co-Editor in Chief, Africa Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law; Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology The inaugural issue of the Africa Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law (AJCCL) (volume 1, 2016) is now out. The AJCCL is published by JUTA Law of South Africa and is hosted

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Published on February 19, 2017
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On the Looming Split in the Polish Constitutional Order: Harris v Dönges in Central Europe?

—Mikołaj Barczentewicz, University College, University of Oxford As has been widely reported (see, e.g., here), the Polish Constitutional Tribunal is now headed and effectively controlled by the judges appointed in a controversial manner by the Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS) party. This means that PiS is in a position to view the Tribunal

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Published on February 18, 2017
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Five Questions with Sabino Cassese

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School “Five Questions with … ” is a brand new feature at I-CONnect. We will periodically invite a public law scholar to answer five questions about his or her research. This edition features Sabino Cassese, currently Honorary President of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S). His full bio follows

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Published on February 17, 2017
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Brazil’s Increasingly Politicized Supreme Court

—Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília Brazil was faced with a tragic event this January. Justice Teori Zavascki, one of the most respected members of the Brazilian Supreme Court, was one of the five victims of a plane crash into the sea near Paraty, a colonial town off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state.

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Published on February 16, 2017
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Video Interview: Get to Know the Center for Constitutional Democracy at Indiana University

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this installment of our video interview series at I-CONnect, I interview Susan Williams and David Williams from the Center for Constitutional Democracy (CCD). Both chaired professors at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, Susan and David Williams serve as Director and Executive Director, respectively, of the

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Published on February 15, 2017
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Narrowing the Dialogue: The Italian Constitutional Court and the Court of Justice on the Prosecution of VAT Frauds

–Diletta Tega, University of Bologna Some recent cases on VAT frauds are the background of a strained dialogue between the Italian Constitutional Court (ICC) and the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Although the latter has the last word on the scope and meaning of State obligations under EU law, the former claims the final say

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Published on February 14, 2017
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