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Golden Dawn Party Faces Prosecution

–Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Appeals Asylum Authority, Greece One of the most important recent events in Greece has been the attempt to prosecute the far-right Golden Dawn party. The ongoing prosecution raises important questions about the proper limits of toleration for ultra-nationalist, racist parties in a democracy. Golden Dawn is a far right-extremist political party currently

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Published on October 28, 2013
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Indonesian Constitutional Court Rejects Blasphemy Law Case

—Melissa Crouch, National University of Singapore In April 2013, the Indonesian Constitutional Court rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the Blasphemy Law (although the court decision was only made publically available in September 2013). As I argued previously, this was the most likely outcome, given the weak constitutional nature of the arguments raised and

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Published on October 23, 2013
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Justice Nadon Appointed to Supreme Court of Canada

—Dwight Newman, University of Saskatchewan On September 30, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the nomination of Justice Marc Nadon of the Federal Court of Appeal for the Quebec seat being vacated by Justice Morris Fish. Under Canada’s very limited parliamentary hearing system on Supreme Court nominees (this process itself adopted only in the last

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Published on October 7, 2013
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The Indonesian Constitutional Court at a Tipping Point

—Stefanus Hendrianto, Santa Clara University On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, the Corruption Eradication Commission (Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi – KPK) arrested Akil Mochtar, the Chief Justice of the Indonesian Constitutional Court, for alleged bribery. The spokesperson of the Commission said that the alleged bribery was linked to a regional election dispute case. Mocthar began his terms

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Published on October 3, 2013
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The Silent Greek Crisis: Nationalism, Racism and Immigration

–Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Adjunct Lecturer, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece Ever since the early nineties Greece has become a major destination state for immigrants, mainly due to the fall of the former communist regimes of Eastern Europe. For a number of years immigrants from neighbor countries of the Balkans have resided in Greece as undocumented

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Published on October 3, 2013
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Is Proportionality Culturally Based?

—Moshe Cohen-Eliya and Iddo Porat, College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan, Israel In a recently published book Proportionality and Constitutional Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2013) we look closely at constitutional culture centering on two crucial concepts of constitutional law: balancing and proportionality. American constitutional lawyers have been asking themselves in recent years more and

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Published on September 28, 2013
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National Parliaments in the EU: Biting the Subsidiarity Bait?

—Davor Jancic, British Academy Newton Fellow, Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science The parliamentarization of the European Union has been hailed as one of the hallmarks of the Treaty of Lisbon. Besides empowering the European Parliament, the Member States’ national parliaments have been endowed with a series of competences in EU

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Published on September 25, 2013
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The Constituent Dilemma in Latin America

–Gabriel L. Negretto, Associate Professor, Division of Political Studies, CIDE Since the great revolutions of the late eighteenth century, the central principle of democratic constitutionalism has been that the people, as the supreme authority in a polity, is the only legitimate author of constitutions. This principle was enshrined in the theory of constituent power, according

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Published on September 9, 2013
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Amending the Greek Constitution in a Time of Crisis: The Greek Socialist Party’s (PASOK) Blueprint

–Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece On the 24th of July 2013, on the 38th anniversary of the Greek Constitution of 1975 and the return to Democracy after the ‘Colonels’ dictatorship (1967-1974), the President of the Greek Socialist Party and a well known constitutionalist, Evangelos Venizelos, presented a proposed fourth amendment of the

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Published on September 4, 2013
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Petition to Save the Rechtskulturen Project

Russell Miller (Washington and Lee) asked that we pass along a petition to save the Rechtskulturen project in Berlin. The project hosts the Verfassungsblog, Germany’s new, much-admired and dynamic constitutional law blog, as well as other programming aimed at promoting critical and interdisciplinary comparative law work in Germany and the world. If you are interested

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Published on August 30, 2013
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