Review Essay: Nicholas Barber, The United Kingdom Constitution: An Introduction (Oxford, Clarendon Law, 2022)
[Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Book Review Series, Stephen Tierney reviews Nicholas Barber’s book “The United Kingdom Constitution: An Introduction” (Oxford: Clarendon Law, 2022) —Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory, University of Edinburgh; Legal Adviser, House of Lords Constitution Committee Nicholas Barber’s excellent new book is published at a time of great flux in the constitution of the United Kingdom.
On March 8, Why Celebrate Feminist Constitutionalism?
—Christine Peter da Silva, Associate Professor, Uniceub; Estefânia Maria de Queiroz Barboza, Professor, UFPR and Uninter; Marina Bonatto, Researcher at the Center for Studies of the Constitution, UFPR; and Melina Girardi Fachin, Professor, UFPR The female universe is plural, complex and diverse.
The Watchdog is Still Watching – but the Oversight Rules have to be Reconsidered. Discussing Kelemen and Pavone’s Article
—Massimo Condinanzi, Professor of EU Law, University of Milan and Coordinator of the National office for the resolution of infringement proceedings; Jacopo Alberti, Associate professor of EU Law, University Ferrara, Camilla Burelli, Research fellow in EU Law, University of Milan Are we sure that the European Commission has loosened its approach in controlling Member States’ compliance with EU Law?
The Venice Commission and Transnational Constitutional Advice: Relevance for Mature Democracies
—Maartje De Visser, Singapore Management University, Yong Pung How School of Law [Editor’s Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns.] On 10 January, the new Dutch government was sworn in, almost a year after its predecessor stepped down. The previous government fell over gross maladministration of a system for childcare allowances, with thousands of parents being unjustifiably labelled as tax defrauders and charged to repay large sums of money over minor mistakes in paperwork.
The Myth of a Constitution’s ‘Goodness’: What We Get Wrong about Afghanistan’s 1964 Constitution
—Shamshad Pasarlay, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law [Editor’s Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns. The views expressed in this column belong solely to the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the author’s organization.]
Hate, Lies, and Democracy
—Luís Roberto Barroso, Professor of Constitutional Law at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Justice at the Brazilian Supreme Court, and President of the Superior Electoral Court I. The Digital Revolution The world is living under the Third Industrial Revolution–the Technological or Digital Revolution–which began in the final decades of the 20th century, and is characterized by the massification of personal computers, smartphones and, most notably, the Internet, connecting billions of people all over the planet.
Transnational Elite Self-Empowerment and Judicial Supremacy
—Cristina E. Parau, Oxford University [Editor’s Note: This is a reply to Conor Gearty’s recent review of Dr. Parau’s Transnational Networks and Elite Self-Empowerment: The Making of the Judiciary in Contemporary Europe and Beyond (OUP 2018).] This note is in reply to a review of my monograph Transnational Networks and Elite Self-Empowerment: The Making of the Judiciary in Contemporary Europe and Beyond (OUP 2018) by LSE Professor Conor Gearty, Vice-President of the British Academy, titled “The Courts in Europe Today: Subverting or Saving Democracy?”
American Exceptionalism and the Capitol Riot One Year Later
—Miguel Schor, Drake University School of Law American exceptionalism is a term of art comparativists employ to write and think about the United States. Two remarkable phenomena underpin the claim of American exceptionalism. First, the United States self-consciously envisioned itself as setting an example to the world when it drafted a new constitution in the late eighteenth century.
The Call for Politics in the Americas: A Constitutional Turning Point?
—Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development [Editors’ Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns. For more information on our four columnists for 2021, please see here.] In his fascinating book Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America, Edmund S.
Rethinking the Legal Constitution of Difference in the Philippines
—Armi Beatriz E. Bayot, University of Oxford Faculty of Law [Editors’ Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns. For more information on our four columnists for 2021, please see here.] In February 2021, multiple media outlets broke the news that the Philippine National Police (PNP) had “rescued” a group of young indigenous Lumad students from the clutches of alleged communist operatives.