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Video Interview: National Supreme Courts and Legal Complexity, Featuring Kate Glover

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this latest installment of our new video interview series at I-CONnect, I interview Kate Glover on the subject of national supreme courts and legal complexity, with a particular focus on Canada in comparative perspective. In the interview, we discuss why and how supreme courts matter, whether conventional approaches to

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Published on December 11, 2014
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The International Law Response to the Hong Kong Electoral Reform Debate

—Alvin Y.H. Cheung, Visiting Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law More than two months into Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, the city’s police force – armed with teargas and, in some instances, assisted by vigilantes – renewed its assault on protest encampments in the districts of Mongkok and Admiralty.  As debate continues to rage

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Published on December 10, 2014
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Is Social Media a Human Right? Exploring the Scope of Internet Rights

–Brian Christopher Jones, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica* Earlier this year Jason Tenenbaum penned an interesting piece for I-CONnect about a general right to access the internet.[1] Mr Tenebaum’s focus on international covenants, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural

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Published on December 5, 2014
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Video Interview: Courts and Constitution-Making Featuring Will Partlett

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this installment of our new video interview series at I-CONnect, I interview Will Partlett on the role of courts in constitution-making. In the interview, we discuss constitution-making in general, his recent work on constitution-making in Russia and post-communist countries, as well as the relationship between political culture and constitutional structure. We

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Published on November 25, 2014
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Should Prisoners Have the Right to Assisted Suicide?

—Michèle Finck, University of Oxford Recently, a Belgian inmate, convicted of murder and rape, received a lethal injection. Most Europeans would feel nothing short of a shock when reading these lines. After all, the death penalty has been abolished in most European States in the aftermath of WWII, and is now outlawed by Protocol No. 6

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Published on November 21, 2014
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Against All Odds: The Kurds, Comparative Constitutionalism and Kobane

—Erin McGrath, University of Pittsburgh While the world watches the conflict carry on in Kobane, just over the Turkish border with Syria, important facts are understated in the press. The Kobane battle is the latest front in the effort by the Islamic State (IS), an armed terrorist group, to reestablish the Islamic Caliphate across Iraq

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Published on November 14, 2014
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Writs but no Weapons? A Stocktake on Administrative Justice in Myanmar

—Melissa Crouch, National University of Singapore and University of New South Wales (from December 2014) The former Chief Justice Ba U of the Supreme Court of Burma once described the constitutional writs as ‘weapons’. The early years of independence in Burma were a time of significant judicial activism, when the Supreme Court did not hesitate

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Published on November 13, 2014
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Video Interview: Unamendability and Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments Featuring Yaniv Roznai

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this latest installment of our new video interview series at I-CONnect, I interview Yaniv Roznai on unamendability and unconstitutional constitutional amendments. In the interview, we explore discuss the paradox of the concept of an unconstitutional constitutional amendment, the origins and modern legal implications of the concept, whether one can

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Published on November 4, 2014
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Brazilian Elections and Demonstrations of June 2013: The Rise of Conservatism?

—Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília, Brazil It is not simple to characterize the phenomenon of mass protests and their outcomes. In particular, the connection between a protest and subsequent political or regime changes has been much discussed by scholars of constitutional law. The links, however, are not always obvious. Paradoxically history has shown that after

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Published on November 1, 2014
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Turkey Rolling Back the 2010 Reforms?

–Oya Yegen, Boston University, Department of Political Science Turkish judges and prosecutors cast their votes last week for the election of 10 regular and 6 substitute new members to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK)[1]. The council’s new makeup has been the center of speculation. HSYK manages the Turkish judiciary and makes decisions regarding

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Published on October 24, 2014
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