Month: October 2017
Judicial Review of Peace Amendments in Colombia: Towards Supraconstitutional Rules and Plurality Opinions?
—Vicente F. Benítez R., JSD student at NYU and Constitutional Law Professor at Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia) In a decision recently analyzed here on I-CONnect by Gonzalo Ramirez-Cleves, the Colombian Constitutional Court upheld a constitutional amendment that purports to shield the peace agreement between the FARC guerrillas and the Colombian Government.
Special Discount–New Book–“Canada in the World: Comparative Perspectives on the Canadian Constitution”
I-CONnect is pleased to share a special 20% discount code for our readers interested in a new volume to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s 1867 Constitution: Canada in the World: Comparative Perspectives on the Canadian Constitution (Cambridge University Press, November 2017), edited by Richard Albert, Boston College Law School, and David R.
What’s New in Public Law
–Sandeep Suresh, Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School 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.
Developments in the Commonwealth Caribbean: The Year 2016 in Review
Editor’s Note: Today we publish the 2016 Report on Commonwealth Caribbean constitutional law, which appears in the larger 44-country Global Review of Constitutional Law, now available here in a smaller file size for downloading and emailing. –Derek O’Brien, Oxford Brookes University I.
Developments in Bulgarian Constitutional Law: The Year 2016 in Review
Editor’s Note: Today we publish the 2016 Report on Bulgarian constitutional law, which appears in the larger 44-country Global Review of Constitutional Law, now available here in a smaller file size for downloading and emailing. —Ivo Gruev, DPhil Candidate in Socio-Legal Studies at the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford, and Dr.
Invitation to Friends of I-CONnect: Dissertation Defense on Informal Constitutional Change
—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Friends of I-CONnect are invited to Leiden University Law School for the dissertation defense of Reijer Passchier, a frequent contributor to I-CONnect. The dissertation supervisor is Professor Dr. Wim Voermans. The defense will be held on November 9, 2017, at 13h45 in the Groot Auditorum at Leiden University.
Constitutional Amendment Significance: A Survey
—George Tsebelis, Anatol Rapoport Collegiate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan “…Amending clause…describes and regulates…amending power. This is the most important part of the constitution.” (John W. Burgess, Political Science and Constitutional Law 1890: 137). If amendment rules are the most important part of the constitution, the frequency of constitutional amendments should be inversely related to the stringency of these rules (constitutional rigidity).
The Colombian Constitutional Court Rules that the Peace Agreement is Mandatory for Three Presidential Terms
–Gonzalo Ramírez-Cleves, Externado University, Bogotá On October 11, the Colombian Constitutional Court issued an important decision that will help to stabilize the peace agreement between the government and the FARC-EP guerrilla group, while maintaining a key role for constitutional supervision over the process.
Developments in Belgian Constitutional Law: The Year 2016 in Review
Editor’s Note: Today we publish the 2016 Report on Belgian constitutional law, which appears in the larger 44-country Global Review of Constitutional Law, now available here in a smaller file size for downloading and emailing. —Luc Lavrysen (Judge at the Belgian Constitutional Court and Full Professor at Ghent University), Jan Theunis (Associate Professor at Hasselt University and Law Clerk at the Belgian Constitutional Court), Jurgen Goossens (FWO Postdoctoral Researcher at Ghent University and Assistant Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam), Pieter Cannoot (Ph.D.
Religious Education in Brazil: A Tale of a Never-Ending Past
—Juliano Zaiden Benvindo & Fábio Almeida, University of Brasília On September 27, the Brazilian Supreme Court arguably decided the most important case on religious freedom and education rights in Brazilian history. Under scrutiny was whether religious freedom (Art. 5, VI, of the Brazilian Constitution) and religious education (Art.