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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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Freedom of Expression or Freedom from Electoral Unfairness?: The ECHR Upholds a Ban on Political Advertising

—Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin The decision in Animal Defenders International v. U.K. represents the European Court of Human Rights’ latest effort to resolve the contentious and long-running debate about the compatibility of a prohibition on political advertising with the protection afforded to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human

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Published on August 29, 2013
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Should Egypt Drop the Presidency?

—David Landau, Florida State University College of Law Bruce Ackerman recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times calling for Egypt to drop the institution of the presidency from its new constitutional order, and instead to use a parliamentary system with a constructive vote of no confidence. Ackerman argues essentially that the figure of

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Published on July 28, 2013
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Of Generals, Judges, and Constitutional Democracies

—Menaka Guruswamy, International Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Columbia University (Fall 2013) Cross-posted from the Blog of the UK Constitutional Law Group On July 3, General Fattah al-Sisi, the 58 year old Chief of the Egyptian Army announced on television that the army had removed President Mohammad Morsi from power and suspended the constitution. In

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Published on July 25, 2013
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How the financial crisis has affected constitutions

–Dr. Alkmene Fotiadou, Centre for European Constitutional Law (Athens, Greece) In the comparative chapter of the book Constitutions in the Global Financial Crisis by Xenophon Contiades (ed.), we attempted to trace how the financial crisis impacted formal and informal constitutional change based on data and analysis provided in the book by constitutional scholars from Greece,

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Published on July 22, 2013
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The Spanish Constitutional Tribunal’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision

—Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Adjunct Lecturer, Democritus University of Thrace The Spanish Constitutional Court, in judgment 198/2012 of November 28, 2012, upheld Law 13/2005, which guarantees same-sex marriage in Spain. Prior to the democratic transition that followed the death of Franco and the end of his dictatorship, Spain was characterized by a very religious and conservative

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Published on July 19, 2013
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The Constitutionalism Debate in China

—Rogier Creemers, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies & St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford Cross-posted from the Blog of the UK Constitutional Law Group Over the past few months, a heated debate about the role of the Constitution in Chinese political life has emerged. This debate comes in the wake of the 18th Party Congress and

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Published on July 17, 2013
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