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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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The Scottish Constitution After Independence

—Stephen Tierney, Edinburgh School of Law [Cross-posted from UK Con Law Blog] According to the Scottish Government White Paper issued this week, Scotland’s Future, an independent Scotland will have a new written constitution (this repeats the commitment contained in the Scottish Government’s earlier White Paper of March). The intention is to replace Westminster parliamentary supremacy

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Published on December 7, 2013
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European Court of Human Rights Condemns Greece for Banning Same-Sex Civil Unions

–Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Greek Refugee Appeals Authority On November 7, the European Court of Human Rights decided Vallianatos and others v. Greece, which condemned Greece for banning same-sex civil unions. Law 3719/2008 introduced civil unions within Greece as an alternative to the institution of marriage for heterosexual couples that share stable relationships, but excluded same-sex

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Published on November 28, 2013
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