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The Telenovela’s Next Chapter: A Crucial Juncture in the Philippines

Judicial politics in Manila have been likened to a telenovela for its interesting cast of characters, intricate plot lines, and seemingly never ending drama. This past few weeks have been especially contentious, as the country seeks to move on from the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona in May. The appointment of the next Chief,

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Published on August 6, 2012
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Constitutional Court confirmation politics in Taiwan and Korea

– Dennis Tang instead of female judge who had questioned evidence re: eight-year-old’s consent in rape case– Cho Yong, Lawyers for Democratic Change, false address– retirement of Justice Cho Dae-Hyen, in background

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Published on July 10, 2011
Author:          Filed under: constitutional courts, David Law, hp, judicial appointments, South Korea, Taiwan
 
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The Future of the Canadian Supreme Court-Part II

We may soon have the chance to see how Richard Albert’s interesting prognostications regarding the future of the Canadian Supreme Court play out. Professor Albert’s recent predictions on this blog concerning the possibility that Prime Minister Stephen Harper may bring an unprecedented dose of American-style conservatism to the Court take on new urgency and force,

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Published on May 13, 2011
Author:          Filed under: David Law, hp, judicial appointments, Supreme Court of Canada
 
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The Future of the Canadian Supreme Court

Last week, Canada entered its 41st federal election. Voters will head to the polls in a few weeks on May 2. The contest will pit the incumbent Conservative Party, which held a minority in the last Parliament, versus the four major opposition parties: the Liberal Party, the separatist Bloc Québécois, the New Democratic Party, and

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Published on April 2, 2011
Author:          Filed under: hp, judicial appointments, Richard Albert, Supreme Court of Canada
 
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New report on Judicial Terms

The Reports section of this website has a new report on the length of judicial terms for highest courts. About 10% of national constitutions provide for an unspecified life term for supreme court justices; another 5% provide for a life term subject to a specified retirement age. For countries with designated terms, they range from

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Published on March 17, 2011
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Kenya: Constitution passes first test

In what is the first real test of Kenya’s new Constitution, the President has backed down by withdrawing nominees appointed inconsistently with the Constitution to fill four significant public positions: Chief Justice, Attorney General, Deputy Public Prosecutor and Controller of the Budget. See story here and here. The Constitutional Implementation Commission, the Judicial Service Commission,

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Published on March 10, 2011
Author:          Filed under: hp, James Thuo Gathii, judicial appointments, Kenya
 
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Turkey’s New Majoritarian Difficulty

On September 12, 1980, the Turkish Armed Forces took control of the Turkish government in a bloody coup d’état. Exactly thirty years from that date, on September 12, 2010, Turkish voters approved by 58% of the vote a package of twenty-six amendments to the 1982 Constitution, which was ratified following the coup. The amendments implement

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Published on September 30, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, judicial appointments, Ozan Varol, Turkey
 
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Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina dismisses one of its judges

For better or worse, the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has for a long time been recognized as one of the most important actors in the integration of post-conflict Bosnian society. The role of the Court in such complicated legal and political circumstances is complex, particularly when its decisions can, and certainly do, have

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Published on August 8, 2010
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Bilingualism on the Supreme Court of Canada

Should Canadian Supreme Court justices be bilingual? That question is the latest battleground in the enduring debate on language rights and representation in Canada. The Supreme Court Act requires that at least three of the nine Canadian Supreme Court Justices come from Quebec, which has historically been the heart of Canada’s French-speaking community. Justices from

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Guest blogger Schor: Should national high courts be staffed largely with bureaucrats?

The resignation of Justice John Paul Stevens has given rise to speculation as to his replacement. It has become an almost invariable pattern in the United States to appoint professional bureaucrats (i.e., judges who have toiled in the lower federal courts) to the high court. Some polities, however, have a different practice and appoint judges

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Published on April 12, 2010
Author:          Filed under: hp, judicial appointments, Miguel Schor