Month: February 2019
The News Media and Democracy under Bolsonaro: A “Trump of the Tropics”?
—Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Democratic backsliding is certainly a hot topic in Brazil, especially after the election of the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Such a trend could already be observed in an empirical study Zachary Elkins wrote based on the Varieties of Democracy (V-DEM) Index 2017, where Brazil is placed in what he calls “trouble spots” among other eight countries: Nicaragua, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, Hungary, Ecuador, Venezuela and Bolivia.
Constitutional Dialogues and Abortion Law Reform in Argentina: What’s Next?
—Paola Bergallo, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina [Editor’s note: This is one of our 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.
Brazil’s New Government: Risks to Constitutional Democracy
–Antonio Moreira Maués, Federal University of Pará With the election of Jair Bolsonaro as President, Brazil definitively joined the list of countries in which constitutional democracy is in danger. Although the 1988 Constitution had marked the transition to democracy, and had functioned decently for over two decades, the system has been under serious strain since the re-election of Dilma Rousseff in 2014, when the opposition launched an immediate campaign for her impeachment.
Five Questions with Wojciech Sadurski
—Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin In “Five Questions” here at I-CONnect, we invite a public law scholar to answer five questions about her research. This edition of “Five Questions” features a short video interview with Wojciech Sadurski, Challis Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney and currently the Mulligan Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham University.
Invitation–Survey–What More can ICON-S do to Support Early-Career Scholars?
—Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin As we announced last month, the Co-Presidents of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) have authorized the creation of a Committee on Early-Career Scholars. The charge of the Committee is to produce a report on what more ICON-S can do as an institution to support junior scholars.
What’s New in Public Law
–Nausica Palazzo, Ph.D. Researcher in Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Trento 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.
Special Announcement: New ICON·S Chapters Around the World
The Co-Presidents of the International Society of Public Law (ICON·S) are pleased to announce the formation of several new ICON·S Chapters around the world. The Society has recently welcomed the establishment of the following Chapters: Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Nigeria, Portugal, and Singapore.
Five Questions with Mariolina Eliantonio
—Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin In “Five Questions” here at I-CONnect, we invite a public law scholar to answer five questions about her research. This edition of “Five Questions” features a short video interview with Mariolina Eliantonio, Professor of European and Comparative Administrative Law at Maastricht University.
I-CONnect Symposium on “The Euro-Crisis Ten Years Later: A Constitutional Appraisal”–Part IV–Stemming the Tide During the Crisis in Spain: Fiscal Rules and Regional Finances
[Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final entry in our symposium on the “The Euro-Crisis Ten Years Later: A Constitutional Appraisal.” The introduction to the symposium is available here, Part I is available here, Part II is available here, and Part III is available here.]
Call for Panels and Papers–2019 ICON•S Conference on “Public Law in Times of Change?”–July 1-3, 2019–Santiago de Chile
ICON·S | The International Society of Public Law is pleased to announce that its 2019 Annual Conference will be held at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, on July 1-3, 2019. This will be the sixth Annual Conference of ICON·S, following the five Annual Conferences (Florence 2014, New York 2015, Berlin 2016, Copenhagen 2017, Hong Kong 2018) which have been overwhelmingly successful, thanks to the support of our Members.