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A New Test for the Romanian Constitutional Court

Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University The Romanian Constitutional Court has played a key role in blocking the efforts by the new government of Prime Minister Victor Ponta to bring all institutions of state under the control of his governing coalition.  At the moment, the Court is under extreme pressure to certify last week’s referendum results,

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Published on August 8, 2012
Author:          Filed under: hp, Romania
 
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How to Evade the Constitution: The Case of the Hungarian Constitutional Court’s Decision on the Judicial Retirement Age

Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University On Monday 16 July, the Hungarian Constitutional Court handed down its biggest decision of the year.   It held that the sudden lowering of the retirement age for judges is unconstitutional because it gave the judges no time to prepare for the change and because it created an unclear framework in

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Published on August 8, 2012
Author:          Filed under: hp, Hungary, kim lane scheppele
 
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Workshop on Constitutions and the Environment

Erin Daly (Widener University), writes with an announcement about the following conference, which looks intriguing: Constitutional Environmental Rights Workshop Thursday, May 31, 2012 Environmental Law Center Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE On Thursday, May 31, 2012, the Widener Environmental Law Center (WELC) in Wilmington, Delaware, will host a one-day scholar workshop on recent

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Published on February 25, 2012
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Notes from Behind the Bench

Willy Forbath and John Ferejohn (visiting from NYU) are running a unique colloquium at Texas this spring.  They’ve invited six of the leading justices from constitutional courts around the world to visit and share insights from their time on the bench.   Yesterday, Manuel Jose Cepeda of Colombia’s constitutional court — widely viewed as one

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Published on February 14, 2012
Author:          Filed under: amendment, Colombia, constitutional courts, Zachary Elkins
 
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Published on January 31, 2012
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The Right to Food in Mexico

As the price of commodities has skyrocketed in recent years, a number of countries have seen citizens take to the street to let the authorities know of their displeasure at the price of their favorite grain — whether it’s rice in Asian countries, wheat in Europe, or corn in Mexico, where tortillas should accompany any

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Published on October 20, 2011
Author:          Filed under: Mexico, right to food, Zachary Elkins
 
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Valium, Floods, and Presidential Decree Power in Venezuela

You have to admire Hugo Chavez’s directness, if nothing else. Today he exercised his constitutional prerogative to request decree powers from the National Assembly, which is expected to oblige. The opposition, of course, was none too pleased at the thought of more Chavezian decrees. Chavez’s response: “they should take a valium, or something like that.”

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Published on December 15, 2010
Author:          Filed under: decree powers, hp, venezuela, Zachary Elkins
 
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EU says Turkish reforms aren’t enough

In these pages, Ozan Varol posted a nice overview of the Turkish constitutional amendments in September. Varol had noted that the otherwise democratic reforms could potentially do some real damage to the independence of the judiciary. According to a story in Today’s Zaman, an English-language paper published in Turkey, help may be on the way.

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Published on December 8, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, Turkey, Zachary Elkins
 
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What would happen if the U.S. repealed the 14th amendment?

So many constitutional issues came up in the context of the 2010 U.S. election that I’m just now summoning the energy to react to them. One issue was the provocative proposal by Senators Jon Kyl and Lindsay Graham (among others) to repeal the 14th amendment, or at least that part of the amendment that grants

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Published on November 19, 2010
Author:          Filed under: citizenship, consociational democracy, United States, Zachary Elkins
 
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Sri Lanka and Executive Self Dealing

The Sri Lankan parliament voted on Wednesday to approve the 18th amendment to their constitution, which strikes down the 2-term limit on presidential re-election. We’ve all seen this movie before. Critics responded by characterizing the amendment as a step towards authoritarianism, since its beneficiary is the sitting president, Mahinda Rajapakse. The President’s spokesman, right on

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Published on September 10, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, sri lanka, term limits, Zachary Elkins