–Stefanus Hendrianto, University of Notre Dame Since the 2014 election in Indonesia, many have highlighted the rise of President Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi, who came from a humble beginning to beat an establishment figure in Indonesia. One of the highlights of Jokowi’s meteoric rise is his record among religious minorities. When Jokowi began
—Georgios Dimitropoulos, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg On September 15, 2015, President Obama issued an Executive Order that is expected to have a significant influence on US administrative law. The Executive Order — Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People is moreover an important milestone in the 200-year plus history of administrative law that went rather unnoticed.
–Matthew Schweitzer, University of Chicago Iraq’s Kurds have long struggled to control their destiny. Since the 2003 US-led invasion, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has enjoyed stability, security, and prosperity — in 2014 the region boasted the world’s second-fastest growing economy. This unprecedented economic boom helped create conditions for a more pluralistic and free society
—Bianca Selejan-Gutan, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, Romania As of November 2015, Romania faces its most important social, political and constitutional crisis in the last quarter-century. If the 1989 Revolution signified a break with a totalitarian communist regime, the widespread street protests of 2015, which led to the fall of the Government, gave a new
–Margaret Lan Xiao, SJD Candidate, Case Western Reserve University In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in comparative 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 comparative public law blogosphere. To submit
—Gráinne de Búrca, NYU School of Law There is nothing quite like becoming co-editor of a journal to prompt reflections on the journal’s identity, its evolution over the dozen years since its founding, and where it might be heading in the future. But what I hadn’t expected was that it would also bring into relief
I·CON Volume 13 Issue 3 Table of Contents Editorial I·CON Keynote Martin Scheinin, The state of our Union: Confronting the future Symposium: The challenge of formal amendment Joel Colón-Ríos, Introduction: The forms and limits of constitutional amendments Vicki C. Jackson, The (Myth of Un-) amendability of the US Constitution and the democratic component of constitutionalism Rosalind
—Jorge González Jácome, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá) One of the most heavily publicized processes of nomination and appointment to fill a vacancy on the Colombian Constitutional Court ended last week with the Senate’s selection of Alejandro Linares. He outvoted the other two candidates, Catalina Botero and Magdalena Correa, and became the ninth judge of the Court.
—Fiorella Dal Monte, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice The concept of privacy and the tools available to protect it have come to represent a dividing line between the two sides of the Atlantic. In the Schrems case, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) very recently placed significant obstacles in the way of
—Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasilia Supreme Court decisions on the limits and scope of electoral rules are normally controversial. One of the reasons is that the boundaries between law and politics are often blurred. The US Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. FEC and then in McCutcheon v. FEC paved the way for an