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An Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendment? The Strange Case of the Postponement of the 2020 Brazilian Election

—Jairo Lima, Universidade Estadual do Norte do Paraná Among the many impacts the COVID-19 epidemic has had on political and constitutional activity worldwide, the postponement or cancellation of elections has been one of the key issues. According to data from the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, an institution that monitors electoral processes in the

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Published on July 11, 2020
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Pandemic Rulings: Between Dialogues and Shortcuts at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

—Melina Girardi Fachin and Bruna Nowak, Universidade Federal do Paraná On May 26, 2020, the President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) issued the Court’s first decision concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution decided upon urgent measures regarding the already-decided Case of Vélez Loor v. Panama, and thus ordered Panama to take a

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Published on July 9, 2020
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As Karlsruhe and Luxembourg Feud, are Jo’burg and Arusha Growing Closer?

—Tom Gerald Daly, The University of Melbourne 2020, which has been a friend to no one, has certainly not spared international courts. Most obviously, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany’s Weiss[1] judgment of 5 May, holding a judgment of the Court of Justice of the EU ultra vires due to poor reasoning, has shaken the

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Published on July 8, 2020
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Call for Papers — Constitutional Space for Cities

Constitutional Space for Cities April 7th – 8th, 2021 Call for Papers Cities are drivers of the world’s economy:  they are home for most of the world’s population and create a large percentage of its’ wealth.  Nevertheless, municipal governments struggle to invest in appropriate infrastructures and necessary services, leading to considerable gaps in affordable housing,

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Published on July 7, 2020
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What’s New in Public Law

—Mohamed Abdelaal, Assistant Professor, Alexandria University Faculty of Law In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in public law. “Developments” may include a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, and blog posts from around the public law blogosphere. To submit relevant

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Published on July 6, 2020
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The Constitutional Chamber’s Recent Decisions to Enable Legislative Elections in Autocratic Venezuela

—Raul A. Sanchez Urribarri, Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies, La Trobe University (Melbourne). Email: r.sanchezu@latrobe.edu.au. In recent weeks, the Constitutional Chamber of the Venezuelan Supreme Tribunal (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia, TSJ), issued key rulings in support of President Nicolás Maduro’s regime, in his quest to recover the control of the country’s parliament, overcome the ongoing

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Published on July 3, 2020
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Tomorrow Knows Better: A New Inflection Point in Brazil’s Democracy?

—Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Brazil is again in the spotlight, and, as has been a common narrative at least since President Jair Bolsonaro’s election in 2018, not for a good reason. News from everywhere has underlined that the country is not only under a health

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Published on July 1, 2020
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Constitutional “Vaccination”: China’s National Security Law-Making for Hong Kong

—P. Y. Lo, LLB (Lond.), PhD (HKU), Barrister-at-law, Gilt Chambers, Hong Kong A cartoon appeared in the US press several months ago, probably before COVID-19 was declared as a pandemic, with this caption: ‘That’s odd: My Facebook friends who were constitutional scholars just a month ago are now infectious disease experts …’. This post introduces

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Published on June 30, 2020
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What’s New in Public Law

–Swapnil Tripathi, Attorney, India Developments in Constitutional Courts The Burundi Constitutional Court ruled that President-elect Evariste Ndyaishimiye should be sworn-in as soon as possible. The Supreme Court of India allowed the Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath (procession) subject to strict guidelines. The Ukraine Constitutional Court declared Article 375 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code as unconstitutional,

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Published on June 29, 2020
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Language and the Constitution of Bangladesh–In Memory of Professor Anisuzzaman

—Emraan Azad, Lecturer, Department of Law, Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) (1) This Constitution may be cited as the Constitution of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and shall come into force on the sixteenth day of December, 1972, in this Constitution referred to as the commencement of this Constitution. (2) There shall be an authentic

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Published on June 28, 2020
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