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Justice Ginsburg to Egypt: Don’t copy the U.S. Constitution

Let’s say you’re a newly democratizing country – say, Egypt – in the market for a new constitution. What constitutions, if any, should you consider as models in drafting your own? According to Justice Ginsburg, the answer is, maybe Canada or South Africa, or constitutions written after World War II more generally. But … not

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Ban Ki-Moon on gay rights in Africa

It’s no secret that the treatment of gays and respect for gay rights in Africa can be spotty at best. (See, e.g., previous coverage on this blog of a particularly chilling chain of events in Uganda here, here, and here. And let’s not forget Zimbabwe either.) A welcome gesture, then, that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

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Published on January 31, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Africa, African Union, David Law, gay rights, hp, UDHR, Uganda, Zimbabwe
 
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Senegal: Court Clears Wade for Third Term

Yesterday, Senegal’s Constitutional Council ruled that President Abdoulaye Wade can run for a third term, and that popular musician Youssou N’Dour could not run. Riots erupted, leaving a policeman dead. As we described earlier, Wade is relying on a somewhat tortured, though not insane, reading of the constitutional scheme as amended since he acscended to

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Published on January 28, 2012
Author:          Filed under: hp, Senegal, term limits, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Scholarly Announcements for Comparativists

Below, I’m pleased to share three announcements from two groups with which I’m involved. The first is a new Call for Papers from the AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies. It is open to all comparativists irrespective of seniority. The next two are targeted to younger comparativists, defined as scholars who have been

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Published on January 25, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Announcements; Call for Papers, hp, Richard Albert
 
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“Guiding Cases” in China

The Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China has begun the practice of announcing “guiding cases.” These are cases that, as explained here, “provide guidance to people’s courts in hearing similar cases and handing down judgments, and reference shall be made by judges in hearing similar cases and cited as the basis for

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Published on January 19, 2012
Author:          Filed under: China, hp, Richard Albert
 
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South Sudan constitutional process beginning

The world’s newest country, South Sudan, has been wracked by serious inter-ethnic conflict in recent weeks, in which cattle raids have escalated to large-scale pogroms between Nuer and Murle ethnic groups. The situation seems to be deteriorating rapidly, and presents serious challenges to the Government as well as international peacekeepers, who have been unable to

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Published on January 14, 2012
Author:          Filed under: hp, South Sudan, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Progress in Fiji?

The recent developments in Myanmar remind us that even cosntitutions adopted with low expectations can mark significant political change. In this light, it is worth watching forthcoming developments in Fiji, where military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday lifted the three-year-old state of emergency, and announced the need to move toward a new constitution. The new draft,

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Published on January 8, 2012
Author:          Filed under: Fiji, hp, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Hungary’s New Constitution

The new constitution of Hungary—called the Fundamental Law of Hungary—became effective a couple of days ago on January 1, 2012. The day after its coming into force, thousands of Hungarians gathered in Budapest to protest the nation’s new constitution. Analyses of the day’s events are available here, here and here. Princeton’s Kim Lane Scheppele is quoted offering some noteworthy observations near

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Published on January 4, 2012
Author:          Filed under: hp, Hungary, new constitution, Richard Albert
 
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Japan Equality Case

The Tokyo District Court just handed down a decision finding that a national university’s (Tokyo Institute of Technology or TIT) denial of admission to a foreign student was unconstitutional. The case concerned an Iranian student, a refugee in Japan, who applied to the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the TIT. TIT denied his application on

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Published on December 20, 2011
Author:          Filed under: equality rights, hp, Tokujin Matsudaira
 
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Egypt update from International IDEA

As Egypt goes to the polls to begin its long process of electing a parliament, I recommend taking a look at an analysis produced by International IDEA of the “Fundamental Principles” document released earlier this month. The document has been widely criticized for trying to cement a role for the military in future politics. His

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Published on November 28, 2011
Author:          Filed under: Egypt, hp, Zaid Al-Ali