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What’s New in Public Law


Vini Singh, Assistant Professor & Doctoral Research Scholar, National Law University Jodhpur, India.


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.

To submit relevant developments for our weekly feature on “What’s New in Public Law,” please email iconnecteditors@gmail.com.

Developments in Constitutional Courts

  1. Kenyan Court of Appeals held Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 as unconstitutional.
  2. The Delhi High Court recognized right to be forgotten.
  3. Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that the law granting autonomy to the central bank is constitutional.
  4. U.S. Supreme Court ended President Biden’s eviction moratorium.
  5. The Turkish Constitutional Court ruled that prison sentence for a column article violated journalist’s right to freedom of expression.

In the News

  1. The Supreme Court of India gets nine new judges, including three women.
  2. The Government of El Salvador is likely to introduce several constitutional reforms including a new constitutional court.
  3. South Korea faces resistance to proposed fake news bill.
  4. U.S. to finish evacuation despite bomb attack.
  5. President Qaies Saied of Tunisia renews emergency measures.
  6. BBI Secretariat decides to move to the Supreme Court of Kenya to salvage the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.

New Scholarship

  1. Gurshabad Grover et al, The Ministry and the Trace: Subverting End to End Encryption  14 NUJS L. Rev. 2 (2021) (contending that the different ways in which government attempts to trace end to end encrypted conversations are incompatible with the right to privacy.)
  2. Meital Pinto, Arbitrariness as Discrimination, 34 Canandian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence 391 (2021) (analysing the meaning of irrelevant distinctions in the context of discrimination law).
  3. Mark Tushnet, The New Fourth Branch: Institutions for Protecting Constitutional Democracy (2021) (examining the role of fourth branch institutions such as ombudsman, anti-corruption agencies, electoral management bodies in safeguarding constitutional democracy.)
  4. Moeen Cheema, Courting Constitutionalism: The Politics of Public Law and Judicial Review in Pakistan (forthcoming, 2021) (analysing judicial review jurisprudence of the superior courts in Pakistan).
  5. Bui Ngoc Son, Russia’s Big-Bang Constitutional Amendments, N.Y.U Journal of International Law & Politics (2021) (exploring Russia’s 2020 constitutional amendments). 
  6. Rekha Saxena, Constitutional Asymmetry in Indian Federalism: The Union Territory Model, Vol 56 EPW (2021) (examining the status of Union Territories in India in the context of asymmetrical federalism.)

Calls for Papers and Announcements

  1. The Yearbook of Socio Economic Constitutions invites submissions for its third volume to be published in 2022. The deadline for submission of proposals is September 17, 2021.
  2. The Institutum Jurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica would be hosting the 9th Asian Constitutional Law Forum on the topic Asian Consitutionalism in Troubled Times. The deadline for submission of abstracts is November 1, 2021.
  3. The Centre for Constitutional Law at Akron seeks proposals for its annual Colloqium to be held in February 2022. The theme is “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Constitution: How LGBTQ Rights are Defined, Protected and Preempted.” The deadline for submitting the abstracts and a CV is September 30, 2021.
  4. The NLUA Law Review invites submissions for its Volume 5, 2021. The deadline for submission of papers is September 30, 2021.
  5. The Catolica Law Review welcomes submission of articles in the field of public law for its Vol VI, Issue 1 to be published in January 2022. The deadline for paper submissions is September 30, 2021.
  6. The International Review of Human Rights invites submissions for VII issue to be published in February 2022. The last date for submission of manuscripts is September 5, 2021.

Elsewhere Online

  1. Carna Pistan, Call it by its Right Name, Verfassungsblog.
  2. Pierre de Vos, How the Qwelane Judgment Narrows the Scope of Prohibited Hate Speech, While Rejecting the Libertarian View of Freedom of Expression, Constitutionally Speaking.
  3. Gautam Bhatia, The Kenyan Court of Appeals BBI Judgment, Parts I, II and III, Indconlawphil.
  4. Priyanshi Bhageria, Recognition of Indirect Discrimination: An Analysis of Lt. Col. Nitisha v. UOI, Constitutional Law Society, NLU Odisha.
  5. Amado Tolentino Jr. Passage Through Phillipine Constitutions, The Manila Times
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Published on August 30, 2021
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