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Canadian Decision on Guantánamo Bay

As noted in this New York Times story, a Federal Court of Appeal in Canada ordered Stephen Harper’s government to become more involved in seeking the release of a Canadian held in American custody.

Published on August 15, 2009
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Collateral Convictions and Comparative Constitutional Law

A new article about the collateral consequences of criminal convictions, with a comparative element looking at constitutional-style constraints on these consequences in several countries: This article explores the racial dimensions of the various collateral consequences that attach to criminal convictions in the United States. The consequences include ineligibility for public and government-assisted housing, public benefits

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Published on August 15, 2009
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Untitled

The Iraq Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) just submitted its final report to Parliament – over two and half years after it began its constitutionally mandated comprehensive review, the report comes in at 65 pages (in English) and represents dozens of amendments to the 2005 Constitution. The report contains a number of important substantive recommendations that

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Published on August 13, 2009
Author:          Filed under: amendment, constitutional change, Jason Gluck
 
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Nepal’s Constitution Drafting Process

Nepal is in the midst of drafting a new constitution to address the aspirations of the many ethnic, religious, and linguistic groups that call Nepal “home”. This is a tall order, especially given that this constitutional process is part of a larger peace process aimed at, among other things, ending the decade-long “People’s War” launched

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Published on August 13, 2009
Author:          Filed under: hp, Nepal, Terry Hoverter
 
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Book on Oakes

Published on August 11, 2009
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Political Donations in Japan

A new article about the law of political donations in Japan: In Japan, there has been increased scrutiny of companies’ general participation in the political process, in particular political campaign contributions. Over the past decade, Japan has placed new restrictions on companies’ political giving and has required greater disclosure of campaign contributions. Increasingly, shareholders are

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Published on August 11, 2009
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Political Donations in Japan

A new article about the law of political donations in Japan: In Japan, there has been increased scrutiny of companies’ general participation in the political process, in particular political campaign contributions. Over the past decade, Japan has placed new restrictions on companies’ political giving and has required greater disclosure of campaign contributions. Increasingly, shareholders are

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Published on August 11, 2009
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The Sociology of Comparative Constitutional Scholarship

poli sci/non-US focus

Published on August 10, 2009
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Legal Rights in China

An interesting story here about the detention of a legal rights activist in China.

Published on August 10, 2009
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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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