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Commentary: “Canada’s moment for self-reflection, not just celebration”

[Editor’s Note: This commentary was originally published in the Toronto Star in print and online here on Wednesday, September 28, 2017.] —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Five years ago, United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remarked, “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012.”

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Published on September 29, 2017
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India’s Supreme Court Expands Freedom

—Menaka Guruswamy, Research Scholar and Lecturer, Columbia Law School and Advocate, Supreme Court of India [This article was originally published in the New York Times on September 10, 2017.] On Aug. 24, the Supreme Court of India, in a rare unanimous judgment, declared privacy a constitutional right. The court unflinchingly reasoned that the rights to

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Published on September 27, 2017
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What’s New in Public Law

[Editor’s Note: Republished with a correction: our description of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany’s action on the rent-control law was not quite clear. To confirm, the FCC has not yet rendered a decision on the constitutionality of the law. We are grateful to our readers for bringing our attention to this point. We have also

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Published on September 26, 2017
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Call for Panels and Papers–ICON-S Israel Fourth Annual Conference–March 11-12, 2018

Published on September 26, 2017
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Abe’s Japan—Another Case of Abusive Constitutionalism

–Tokujin Matsudaira, Kanagawa University, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is reportedly going to dissolve the House of Representatives (Shugiin), the lower house of the Japanese Diet, for a snap general election. [1] The ruling coalition closed the Diet this June amid an outburst of scandals surrounding Mr. Abe that dragged down his popularity. The opposition

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Published on September 23, 2017
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Five Questions with Laurence Claus

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In “Five Questions” here at I-CONnect, we invite a public law scholar to answer five questions about his or her research. This edition of “Five Questions” features Laurence Claus, Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. His full bio follows below: Laurence Claus is Professor of Law at the

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Published on September 22, 2017
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The Superficiality of U.S. Confirmation Hearings and the Issue of Comparative Constitutional Law

—Stefanus Hendrianto, Boston College In the last five confirmation hearings in the United States Senate for nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court (Roberts, 2005; Alito, 2006; Sotomayor, 2009; Kagan, 2010; and Gorsuch, 2017), the role of comparative constitutional law in the American constitutional system was one of the main questions. Very recently, in the confirmation

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Published on September 21, 2017
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Book Review: Giovanni Piccirilli on “Framing the Subjects and Objects of Contemporary EU Law” (Samo Bardutzky & Elaine Fahey eds., 2017)

[Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Book Review Series, Giovanni Piccirilli reviews Framing the Subjects and Objects of Contemporary EU Law (Samo Bardutzky & Elaine Fahey eds., Edward Elgar Publishing 2017)] –Giovanni Piccirilli, Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law, LUISS Guido Carli, Rome The debate on the current status and the prospects of European integration has been more

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Published on September 19, 2017
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What’s New in Public Law

–Angélique Devaux, Cheuvreux Notaires, Paris, France, Diplômée notaire, LL.M. Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law 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

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Published on September 18, 2017
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Contemplating the Future in the Era of Democratic Decay (I-CONnect Column)

—Tom Gerald Daly, Fellow, Melbourne Law School; Associate Director, Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional 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.

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Published on September 15, 2017
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