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A Successful Challenge to Canada’s Prostitution Laws

—Vanessa MacDonnell, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law On December 20, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in one of the most anticipated cases of 2013: Canada (Attorney General) v Bedford[i], a constitutional challenge to three prostitution provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada.[ii] These provisions made it an offence to keep a common bawdy

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Published on January 15, 2014
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What’s New in Comparative Public Law

–Patrick Yingling, Reed Smith LLP In this new weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in comparative 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 comparative public law blogosphere. To submit relevant developments

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Published on January 13, 2014
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The French Constitutional Council and the 2014 Finance Law

—Angelique Devaux, French Licensed Attorney (Notaire) At the end of every year, before wishing the traditional best wishes, the Constitutional Council of the French Republic renders its decision on the Finance Act for the year ahead. Eagerly anticipated by the Government and taxpayers, the decision endorses (wholly or partly) the budget of France for the

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Published on January 11, 2014
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What’s New in Comparative Public Law

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this new weekly feature, I-CONnect will publish a curated reading list of developments in comparative 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 comparative public law blogosphere. To submit

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Published on January 5, 2014
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Untilting the Constitutional Playing Field in Myanmar (Burma)

– Dominic J. Nardi, Jr., Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan If you were the leader of the governing political party in a quasi-democratic state and you intended to run for president in the next general election, would you (a) propose to amend the constitution in a way that would allow your

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Published on December 31, 2013
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Egypt’s New Draft Constitution of 2013: An Introduction and Appraisal

—Mohamed Arafa, Alexandria University (Egypt) and Indiana University McKinney School of Law The Egyptian interim government supported by the Egyptian al–qwaat al–mosellaa(h) (military) recently released the new draft Egyptian Constitutional Charter. This draft Constitution is intended to replace, via amendment, the more Islamist–oriented de facto 2012 Constitution established during the recent reign of the Muslim

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Published on December 30, 2013
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A New Legal Definition of Religion?

—Lorenzo Zucca, Reader in Jurisprudence, King’s College London Scientology is a religion: this much is clear in the UK Supreme Court’s December 11 ruling in the high profile case of Hodkin v Registrar. The facts of the case are simple. Mrs. Hodkin wants to get married in Church with her fiancé. The only problem is

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Published on December 20, 2013
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Orthodox in the Extreme: India’s Same-Sex Jurisprudence in Comparative Perspective

—Rehan Abeyratne (Jindal Global Law School) and Nilesh Sinha (Syracuse University) Last week, the Indian Supreme Court issued a controversial ruling in Koushal v. Naz Foundation. It upheld the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalizes “carnal intercourse against the order of nature.” In so doing, it reversed a 2009 Delhi High

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Published on December 16, 2013
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Checking Institutions and the Institutional Control of Politics

—David Landau, Florida State University College of Law This week, the Colombian National Procuraduria [a sort of National Attorney General or Inspector General] removed the leftist, democratically-elected mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, from office and banned him from participation in politics for 15 years. The move is a fascinating look into the strength of Colombia’s

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Published on December 13, 2013
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Data Protection in Greece: The Balance Between Freedom of Press and the Right to Privacy

—Antonios Kouroutakis, Oxford University The balance between two constitutional rights was always a jigsaw puzzle. In theory, constitutional rights are considered of equal value and in case of conflict, a de facto examination of the facts would conclude on which right should prevail. Quite recently, a case that was covered widely from national and international

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Published on December 10, 2013
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