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Thrilla’ in Manila: The Impeachment of a Chief Justice

On January 16th, shortly after returning from the Christmas recess, the Philippines Senate opened a hearing on the impeachment of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Renato Corona, on eight different charges. He is, for instance, accused of betraying the public trust through “partiality and subservience” in cases involving the previous president, Gloria Macapagal

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Published on March 10, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Björn Dressel, hp, Philippines
 
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The Buck Stops Nowhere: Japan’s Continuing Governance Problem

The first anniversary of Japan’s nuclear crisis is an occasion for sorrow and remembrance, but also an opportunity to evaluate the consequences of the tsunami for Japan’s governance system. As reported by a recent report by Japan’s Rebuild Japan Initiative, a private group, the natural disaster was exacerbated by managerial and governance disasters. The failure

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Published on March 10, 2012
Author:          Filed under: hp, Japan, Tom Ginsburg
 
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South Africa to “Review” Constitutional Court

Fifteen years after the adoption of the 1997 Constitution, a live debate has emerged in South Africa about the role of the judiciary. This week the Government published a Discussion Document on the Transformation of the Judicial System and the Role of the Judiciary in the Developmental South African State. The developmental language returns to

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Published on March 3, 2012
Author:          Filed under: hp, south africa, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Burma’s Constitution: Straitjacket or red-herring?

[re-posted from New Mandala] While Burma watchers continue to debate the extent of and motives behind Naypyitaw’s current reform process (see here for my take), there seems to be much wider agreement that the 2008 Constitution is a deeply flawed document. Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor David C. Williams calls it the “worst

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Published on March 2, 2012
Author:          Filed under: amendment, hp, Myanmar
 
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Will the ECtHR have its wings clipped?

The Brighton Declaration, consisting of British proposals for reform of the ECtHR and the European Convention on Human Rights itself (ECHR), has been leaked on the Internet. (The British currently hold the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe). You can find it here and here. If some of these proposals

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But what was the turnout in Homs?

Syria’s Interior Ministry reported that the new constitution won the support of 89.4 percent of votes cast in Sunday’s referendum, with a turnout of 57.4 percent. The document itself, available here, features a rambling preamble (I am officially coining the term “preramble”) that touches on the tropes of Arab politics: anticolonialism, the Zionist enemy, modernization,

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Published on February 28, 2012
Author:          Filed under: authoritarianism, hp, Syria, Tom Ginsburg
 
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New Constitution Attempts, but Is Unlikely, to End Mugabe Reign

A state-owned Zimbabwean newspaper is reporting that the new draft constitution, leaked last week, could prevent President Robert Mugabe from running for office. The salient clause, drafted by members of his own ZANU-PF party, states that “a person is disqualified for election as President if he or she has already held office for one or

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Published on February 23, 2012
Author:          Filed under: hp, Zimbabwe
 
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Nathan Brown on Egypt

Nathan Brown has a terrific op-ed in the Guardian here. He makes the excellent point that there will be far too much attention, both inside and outside Egypt, to the constitutional provisions governing Islam. Such provisions are always very vague, and whether the formula is that Islam is “the leading force” or “the basis of

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Published on February 15, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Egypt, hp, Nathan Brown
 
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Syria Presses on with Constitutional Referendum

Russia’s support for beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remains fiercely intact despite international condemnation of its veto at the UN Security Council. Following a meeting between al-Assad and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov earlier this week, Syria insists on dialogue and national solutions, the only remaining one being the original constitutional referendum plan issued by

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Published on February 10, 2012
Author:          Filed under: authoritarianism, Cindy Tan, hp, Syria
 
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New York Times: “We the People” Loses Appeal to People

The online version of Adam Liptak’s piece in the New York Times on the declining appeal of the U.S. Constitution as a model to foreign countries is here.

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Published on February 6, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Adam Liptak, David Law, hp, U.S. Constitution