Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Month: March 2021

  • What’s New in Public Law

    –Susan Achury, Visiting Lecturer at Texas Christian University 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 Undergraduate Series–Enforcing Disability Rights: the Indian Supreme Court’s Judgment in Vikash Kumar

    Special Series: Perspectives from Undergraduate Law Students LL.B. Student Contribution –Prannv Dhawan and Anchal Bhateja, B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Students, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (India) In a significant judgment rendered in case of Vikash Kumar v. Union Public Service Commission, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court of India constitutionally fortified the right to reasonable accommodation for Persons With Disabilities (PwDs). 

  • Disinformation, Digital Platforms and COVID-19: Making State Agents Accountable in Brazil

    —Fabrício Bertini Pasquot Polido and Emilio Peluso Neder Meyer, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) Brazil faces the most critical moment of the COVID-19 pandemic since its beginning in 2020. Death tolls soared to new highs – with more than 300,000 deaths by the end of March 2021 – and the National Public Health System (SUS, Sistema Único de Saúde) is at the brink of a collapse.

  • Implementing Constitutional Gender Quotas: A Kenyan Perspective

    — Mumbi Gathoni, Advocate of the High Court of Kenya On 21st September 2020, the Chief Justice of Kenya (now retired) advised the President of the Republic of Kenya to dissolve Parliament for its failure to adhere to the Constitutional requirement that not more than two-thirds of members of legislative bodies shall be of the same gender (‘the two-thirds gender rule’).[1]

  • Beyond Term Limits: Restraining Chief Executives in Africa

    —Berihun Adugna Gebeye, Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg [Editors’ Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns. For more information on our four columnists for 2021, please see here.] On 8 March 2021, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced that President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger won the 2020 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

  • UN Keynote Lecture on “Amazon: Human Security, Crime Prevention and Sustainable Development” by Minister Luís Roberto Barroso

    The 14th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was held earlier this month in Kyoto on March 7-12. The Congress featured a keynote lecture by Minister Luís Roberto Barroso of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court. We are pleased to share a video of Minister Barroso’s keynote lecture titled “Amazon: Human Security, Environmental Crimes and Sustainable Development.”

  • What’s New in Public Law

    –Boldizsár Szentgáli-Tóth, Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Sciences, Institute for Legal Studies – Centre of Excellence (Budapest), and a Research Fellow at Eotvos Loránd University (Budapest) In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in public law.

  • Going Against the Tide: The Romanian Constitutional Court Rejects a Ban on Gender Studies

    —Georgiana Epure, President of the Association for Liberty and Gender Equality, Romania and Elena Brodeală, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Zurich and Odobleja Fellow at the New Europe College in Bucharest Despite a regional backsliding on gender issues in Eastern Europe, the Constitutional Court of Romania (“CCR” or “the Court”) has recently decided that a legislative proposal banning gender studies was unconstitutional, holding that “sex” and “gender” are distinct concepts.

  • Special Undergraduate Series–Six Issues for Debate in Chile’s Upcoming Elections for the Constitutional Convention

    Special Series: Perspectives from Law StudentsJ.D. Student Contribution –William Skewes-Cox, 3L, Georgetown University Law Center On April 10th and 11th, 2021, Chile will hold elections to select the 155 members of the Constitutional Convention that will write the country’s new constitution.

  • Lula is Free: The Brazilian Supreme Court’s Habeas Decision and the 2022 Election

    —Felipe Oliveira de Sousa, Center for Law, Behaviour and Cognition (CLBC), Ruhr-Universität Bochum On March 8, 2021, Judge Edson Fachin from the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) made a decision that might decisively affect the course of the next presidential elections in Brazil, in 2022.