Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Month: September 2018

  • Call for National Reporters–2018 Global Review of Constitutional Law

    —Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin For two years now, I·CONnect has partnered with the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy to publish an annual Global Review of Constitutional Law. The Global Review offers a detailed but relatively brief overview of constitutional developments and cases around the world over the past calendar year.

  • Book Review: Sandeep Suresh on Sadaf Aziz’s “The Constitution of Pakistan: A Contextual Analysis”

    [Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Book Review Series, Sandeep Suresh reviews Sadaf Aziz’s book The Constitution of Pakistan: A Contextual Analysis (Hart Publishing 2018).] –Sandeep Suresh, Faculty Member, Jindal Global Law School The aim of the Series ‘Constitutional Systems of the World’ by Hart Publishing is to provide introductions to various constitutional texts by portraying how the historical, cultural, and socio-political fabric of a nation influences the text.

  • Call for Papers–Central and Eastern European Regional Chapter of ICON-S–Prague, Czech Republic–29 March 2019

    Call for Papers Traditional Concepts: New Perspectives, New Challenges Prague, Czech Republic – 29 March 2019 International Conference on Traditional Concepts: New Perspectives, New Challenges Faculty of Law, Charles University Nám. Curieových 7 116 40 Prague 1 Czech Republic Convened by Eszter Bodnár Miluše Kindlová David Kosař Jana Ondřejková The three arguably most important pillars of liberal democracy include: (1) the rule of the people – associated with the majority principle but also with the principle of time-limited government; (2) constitutionalism (especially separation of powers and the independent judiciary) and (3) liberty of an individual and of the society at large as one of the fundamental principles enabling the plurality of life paths.

  • ICON-S Council Elections—Call for Nominations

    –Lorenzo Casini and Rosalind Dixon, Co-Presidents, ICON-S To the ICON-S Community: The state of the Society is strong, and a major reason why is our active and engaged membership. We are pleased to announce plans to continue renewing the Society’s Council with an infusion of new members directly elected by our membership.

  • What’s New in Public Law

    —Sandeep Suresh, Faculty Member, 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.

  • Invitation to Friends of I-CONnect: Bruce Ackerman and Susan Rose-Ackerman at the University of Milan–October 5 and 8, 2018

    —Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin Friends of I-CONnect are invited to the University of Milan for two special programs featuring Bruce Ackerman (Yale) and Susan Rose-Ackerman (Yale). To RSVP for these events, please email Antonia Baraggia at antonia.baraggia[at]

  • Announcement: Second Issue of the Africa Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law

    –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 We are pleased to highlight in this forum the second issue of the Africa Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law (AJCCL) (volume 2, 2017).

  • The Science of Homosexuality Does Not Matter, Says the Indian Supreme Court in its Historic Navtej Johor Decision

    –Shubhankar Dam, Professor of Public Law and Governance, University of Portsmouth, England “The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or equal protection of the laws”, the Constitution of India majestically says. The Indian Penal Code, section 377, however, appeared to do just that.

  • The Indonesian Constitutional Court and the Crisis of the 2019 Presidential Election

    –Stefanus Hendrianto, Boston College After many months of speculation, the candidates for the 2019 Indonesian presidential election announced their choice of running mates on August 9, 2018. The incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who ran on the platform of diversity and social equality, chose the 75-years-old conservative cleric Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate.

  • First Rivers, then Mountains, and Now the Amazon. Do “Things” Have Rights?

    —Jorge Iván Palacio, former Justice of Colombia’s Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Justice, and Juan C. Herrera, former law clerk of the Constitutional Court of Colombia; PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant in Constitutional Law, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg In the last few decades, challenges that may reconfigure our relationship with our environment and the “things” that are part of it have burst onto the scene.