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Ireland’s Constitutional Convention Considers Same-Sex Marriage: Part II

—Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin Ireland’s Constitutional Convention has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposal to amend the Irish Constitution to allow for civil marriage for same-sex couples. 79 Convention members favoured the proposal with 19 against and 1 expressing no opinion. There was also a similarly large majority in favour of a directive

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Published on April 25, 2013
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New Developments on Japan’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment Process

–Tokujin Matsudaira, Kanagawa University Faculty of Law Recently the Asahi Shimbun Weekly (ASW, a special Monday edition of Asahi News) interviewed eight constitutional scholars and asked them to answer a survey about the possible amendment of Japan’s postwar constitution. The results appeared in ASW on April 8 (in Japanese). The eight scholars are Yasuo Hasebe

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Published on April 23, 2013
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The Constitutional Future of Venezuela

—David Landau, FSU College of Law Hugo Chavez’s death poses important questions about the constitutional future of a country that many political analysts have seen as a hybrid or competitive authoritarian regime – that is, somewhere between pure democracy and dictatorship. These regimes have elections, and real elections, but the playing field is highly uneven

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Published on March 31, 2013
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Greece’s Constitutional Revision Dilemmas

–Xenophon Contiades and Alkmene Fotiadou, Centre for European Constitutional Law Greece is about to revise its Constitution. The question is why now and towards which direction. The timing is connected to the prerequisites of the amending formula, which sets a mandatory time lapse between revisions, that is, revision of the Constitution is not permitted within

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Published on March 18, 2013
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Canada’s Supreme Court upholds hate speech laws

—Carissima Mathen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Ottawa A comparative discussion of North American civil liberties invariably notes that Canada has a more limited scope of protection for freedom of expression than the United States.  Nowhere is this more evident that the treatment of hateful expression.  Since 1970, it has been a criminal offence

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Published on March 14, 2013
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The Lord Cooke Project

–Joel Colon-Rios, Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law The Right Honourable Lord Cooke of Thorndon (1926–2006) is widely regarded as one of the greatest New Zealand judges. He made a monumental contribution to many areas of law across more than five decades of writing, advocacy, and judging. Lord Cooke served as President of the

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Published on March 13, 2013
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Creating a Constitutional Process Design for Libya via Constitutional Amendment

—Lorianne Updike Toler, The Constitutional Sources Project & Lorianne Updike Toler Consulting. The feared unrest in Libya prior to 15 February and now the confusion introduced by the Libyan Supreme Court’s decision last Tuesday to invalidate Amendment No. 3 of Libya’s Constitutional Declaration can all be attributed to the poor constitutional design of the Declaration

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Published on March 8, 2013
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In Memory – Professor Ronald Dworkin (11 December 1931-14 February 2013)

  I was fortunate to study with giants who are no longer in the physical realm: Isaiah Berlin, Jerry Cohen, Wilfrid Knapp, Geoffrey Marshall and Jack Pole. I mourned their death when they passed away. I still mourn their death as they are very much alive in my memory and soul. And now another giant

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Published on March 5, 2013
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Just Deserts or Honor at Stake? India’s Pending Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill

–Nilesh Sinha In recent history, India’s constitutional adjudication has been amongst the most active in the world. Following its shameful capitulation before Indira Gandhi during the Indian emergency, the Supreme Court of India developed the tool of Public Interest Litigation (whereby a court can deliver prompt social justice, at times by taking up a matter

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Published on February 2, 2013
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Hong Kong’s Two Constitutional “Outsiders”

–Dr. P. Y. Lo, Visiting Fellow, Centre of Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. Rosalind Dixon and Vicki Jackson’s upcoming article (available here and reviewed on this blog on 4 November 2012 here) on the phenomenon of “extraterritorial” actors interpreting a country’s constitution in the course of conducting international affairs

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Published on February 1, 2013
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