Introducing the 2022 ICONnect Columnists
—David Landau, Florida State University College of Law The editors of ICONnect are very pleased to announce our new slate of columnists for 2022, whose work has already started appearing on the blog: Mariana Velasco-Rivera, Maartje De Visser, Shamshad Pasarlay, and Bryan Dennis G.
Automation of Public Services and Digital Exclusion
—Sofia Ranchordas, University of Groningen [Editor’s note: This is one of our biweekly I-CONnect columns. For more information about our four columnists for 2020, please click here.] If you are reading this blogpost, you most certainly have the required digital skills to engage with your national or local digital government services.
The New Presidential Regime in Brazil: Constitutional Dismemberment and the Prospects of a Crisis
—Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Latin America is essentially presidential. All eighteen Latin American countries adopt presidentialism as their system of government, but, comparatively to the U.S. Constitution’s “archetype,” Latin American presidents are normally granted expanded lawmaking and budgetary powers.
Crying Wolf: The Emergency Comes Before the U.S. Supreme Court
—Andrea Scoseria Katz, NYU School of Law [Editor’s note: This is one of our biweekly I-CONnect columns. For more information about our four columnists for 2020, please click here.] On Saturday, February 22, the United States Supreme Court granted an emergency request by the Trump administration to suspend a lower federal court order blocking a new immigration rule from taking effect while it faced challenge in litigation.
Myanmar’s Military-Allied Party Proposes Constitutional Amendment Increasing Civilian Powers
–Jason Gelbort, Legal Consultant On February 25, the union parliament of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) began debating bills to amend the military-drafted 2008 constitution, including a proposal from the military-allied Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) that could significantly redraw the constitutional balance of powers between the military and the parliamentary-elected president.
How are Constitutional Theocracies Born?
—Yvonne Tew, Georgetown University Law Center [Editor’s note: This is one of our biweekly I-CONnect columns. For more information about our four columnists for 2020, please click here. For a fuller discussion of the ideas in this post, see Yvonne Tew, Stealth Theocracy, 58 Va.
Wiley and the European Law Journal
—Gráinne de Búrca & J.H.H. Weiler, Co-Editors-in-Chief, International Journal of Constitutional Law It is, we believe, unprecedented that both Editors-in-Chief and the entire Editorial and Scientific Advisory Board of a learned journal should resign en masse in protest at the high-handed behavior of the commercial publisher.
Bolsonaro’s First Year: Trying to Erode Democracy
—Antonio Moreira Maués, Federal University of Pará The first year of the Bolsonaro government had poor results in the economy and was marked by a high degree of political instability. Although he managed to approve pension reform, Bolsonaro does not have a stable parliamentary base in the National Congress and has also lost a significant portion of his popularity, becoming the President with the worst approval rating in the first 12 months of government since redemocratization.
High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Surprising Rarity of the US Impeachment Standard
—Alexander Hudson, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity [Editor’s note: This is one of our biweekly I-CONnect columns. For more information about our four columnists for 2020, please click here.] As the attention of many observers of law and politics is fixed on the impeachment process now underway in the United States of America, it’s an interesting time to think about the choices that constitution drafters make regarding the grounds for removing the head of state.
ICON Volume 17, Issue 4: Editorial
EOur Book Review Editor, Michaela Hailbronner, and Associate Editor, Marcela Prieto Rudolphy, join Editor-in-Chief, Gráinne de Búrca, in writing this Editorial. Gender in academic publishing In this editorial we raise a question which has been asked by many others before in different contexts: where are the women in academia, and how do those who are there fare?