Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Month: April 2021

  • Minority Rights – Ukraine’s Gateway to the West

    —Balázs Tárnok, Hungary Foundation’s Visiting Research Fellow – Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame, USA; Associate Researcher – Europe Strategy Research Institute, University of Public Service, Budapest. In 2017, the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) adopted a new Law on Education which limits the right of ethnic minorities to be educated in their native language after the fourth grade.

  • Message from the Editors of ICON and EJIL

    A great deal of the production process of ICON and EJIL takes place in India. We are all aware of the enormity of the COVID challenge facing India and its painful human cost. We express our solidarity with the members of the journal production teams in India.

  • The Return of Lula in Brazil: New Challenges for Comparative Presidential Studies

    —Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development [Editors’ Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns. For more information on our four columnists for 2021, please see here.] A recent column published in The Economist titled ”The Problem of Latin America’s Proxy Presidents” raises the argument that, as “a result of term limits and partly a consequence of the commodity boom of the 2000s,” there has been a proliferation of “proxy” presidents in the region.

  • Beyond Republic or Emirate: Afghan Constitutional System at Crossroads

    — Zubair Abbasi, Chevening Fellow, Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, Associate Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Introduction President Biden’s declaration of US withdrawal from Afghanistan has raised concerns about the future of the Afghan constitutional system. Afghanistan’s current Constitution was adopted in 2004.

  • What’s New in Public Law

    —Matteo Mastracci, PhD Researcher, Koç University, Istanbul 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.

  • Book Review: Eleonora Bottini on “Italian Populism and Constitutional Law. Strategies, Conflicts and Dilemmas” (Giacomo Delledonne, Giuseppe Martinico, Matteo Monti, Fabio Pacini, eds.)

    [Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Book Review Series, Eleonora Bottini reviews Giacomo Delledonne, Giuseppe Martinico, Matteo Monti, Fabio Pacini’s book on “Italian Populism and Constitutional Law. Strategies, Conflicts and Dilemmas” (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2020).] —Eleonora Bottini, Professor of Public Law, University of Caen Normandy (France) In the weeks following the rise to power of the anti-populist leader par excellence Mario Draghi[1] as Prime Minister of Italy, it is particularly interesting to focus on the recently published book Italian Populism and Constitutional Law.

  • Turkey’s Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

    —Nazlicicek Semercioglu, PhD candidate, Bocconi University, Italy. The Turkish President’s decision concerning Turkey’s withdrawal from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (“Istanbul Convention”) that was taken on the basis of the Presidential Decree no.

  • The National Security Law and the Defense of Democratic Institutions in Brazil

    —Clèmerson Merlin Clève, Federal University of Paraná and UniBrasil. “That anyone who possesses power has a tendency to abuse it is an eternal truth. They tend to go as far as the barriers will allow.”Baron de Montesquieu Brazil has been through, since the eighties, as of the enactment of the Constitution, a slow process of the reconstruction of democratic institutions.

  • What’s New in Public Law

    —Claudia Marchese, Research Fellow in Comparative Public Law at the University of Florence (Italy) Developments in Constitutional Courts The Constitutional Court of South Africa has issued directions that former president Jacob Zuma must file an affidavit addressing what penalty the Court should impose if he is found guilty of the alleged contempt of court.

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the “Common Good”

    —Armi Beatriz E. Bayot, University of Oxford Faculty of Law [Editors’ Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns. For more information on our four columnists for 2021, please see here.] A recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations shows that the indigenous peoples of Latin America are an important line of defence against the destruction of the Amazon and environmental catastrophe.[1]