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Helmke and Rosenbluth on Judicial Independence

Gretchen Helmke, who has written earlier on many topics, including the politics of constitutional review in Argentina, has a new paper (gated) with Frances Rosenbluth about judicial independence from a comparative perspective: According to popular wisdom, judicial independence and the rule of law are essential features of modern democracy. Drawing on the growing comparative literature

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Published on August 8, 2009
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The Spread of the Jury Trial

David Law’s excellent post (if you liked that, you should read his great article on Japan, employing a relatively new, interview-based strategy for studying comparative constitutional law, an article which Ran Hirschl also referenced) reminded me to draw attention to a new article on the spread of the jury trial around the world. The abstract

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Published on August 8, 2009
Author:          Filed under: David Fontana, hp, jury system
 
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Comparative Constitutional Law and Visiting Professors

Yes, I admit it: I read Brian Leiter’s Blog. While it might not be as hard to admit that as it is to admit that I also read Above the Law, not all law professors freely admit that they read Leiter’s Blog. But of the many sources of helpful information it provides, one is information

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Published on August 8, 2009
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Investigations and the Supreme Court of Mexico

According to The New York Times, the Supreme Court of Mexico will be setting up a commission to investigate a fire at a day care center in June that resulted in 49 deaths.

Published on August 7, 2009
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Conference on Comparative Constitutional Law

From the website of the Pace International Law Review, a conference on comparative constitutional law, described below: Pace International Law Review will hold a symposium entitled Comparative Constitutional Law: National Security Across the Globe. The symposium is scheduled to be held in November of 2009 as an all day event with multiple panelists and guest

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Published on August 7, 2009
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Approaches to Constitutional Change

One of the beautiful things about this blog is that I get to note new articles about topics like constitutional change in in Tonga: The Constitution of Tonga, 132 years old in 2007 — indeed one of the world’s oldest extant constitutions — has recently, for the first time in history, been subjected to significant

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Published on August 6, 2009
Author:          Filed under: David Fontana, hp, Tonga
 
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Albert on Amendments

An article posted on SSRN, written by Richard Albert from Boston College Law School, might be of interest to our readers. Here is the summary: The constitutional text in a constitutional democracy does not necessarily constrain constitutional change. Quite the contrary, constitutional change in a constitutional democracy often occurs in ways that depart from the

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Published on August 6, 2009
Author:          Filed under: amendment, hp, research
 
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Constitutional Court Censors German Government

It’s been a tough week for the German government. It was handed defeats by the constitutional court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) in two separate cases touching on the government’s authority to withhold information from parliament.In 2006, the German parliament — on an initiative by opposition parties — constituted a parliamentary commission to investigate allegations that the German government

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Published on July 30, 2009
Author:          Filed under: Germany, hp, information
 
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Iraq’s Constitutional Review

Iraq’s Constitutional Review Committee (CRC), a body empowered by Art. 142 of the Constitution to do a one-off comprehensive reexamination of Iraq’s Constitution, is set to present its list of proposed amendments to the Iraq Parliament within the next couple of weeks. Two and half years of work has resulted in a list of meaningful

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Published on June 24, 2009
Author:          Filed under: constitutional change, hp, Jason Gluck
 
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Afghanistan’s Constitutional Opera Continues…

May 22nd marked what should have been the end of President Karzai’s first term as President according to the 2004 constitution. As Tom Ginsburg noted in his March 31 post, the Supreme Court justified the continuation of Karzai’s term until August elections to “ensure national consensus and stability in the country.” The stability argument is

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Published on May 26, 2009
Author:          Filed under: Afghanistan, Alex Thier, hp