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Senegal: will the Arab Spring travel South?

President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has been talking about modifying the Constitution to extend his term in office, joining a long series of African “democrats” who came in as reformers but found presidential trappings to be quite comfortable. Wade, who was a longtime opposition leader, was originally elected to a seven year term, renewable once,

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Published on July 29, 2011
Author:          Filed under: hp, Senegal, term limits, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Morocco Constitution Approved

Morocco’s new Constitution was overwhelmingly approved by voters in a referndum on Friday, followed by celebrations. As such, the Arab Spring (now Summer?) has its first (mostly) bloodless transition, from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy. Among other things, the new document recognizes Tamazight (the original language of pre-Arab North Africa) as an official language,

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Published on July 3, 2011
Author:          Filed under: Constitutional Monarchy, hp, Morocco, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Supreme Court of Japan rejects national anthem claims

In a series of cases over this past month, each of the three benches of Japan’s Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for school principals to order teachers to stand and sing the national anthem (the Kimigayo) at school ceremonies. In doing so, the Court definitively rejected the claim that such requirements violated the

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Published on June 24, 2011
Author:          Filed under: hp, Japan, religion, Supreme Court of Japan, Tom Ginsburg
 
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New Hungary Constitution: New Opinions

Our contributor Andrew Arato, along with other leading academics, submitted an amicus brief to the Venice Commission concerning the new Constitution of Hungary. It is in many ways a devastating critique of the new document on both substantive and procedural grounds. The Venice Commission itself released an Opinion on the Constitution earlier this week, arguing

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Published on June 23, 2011
Author:          Filed under: Andrew Arato, constitutional design, hp, Hungary, Tom Ginsburg
 
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South Sudan consultation wrapping up

Amid continuing clashes in the disputed region of Abyei, the government of South Sudan is concluding a two-day public discussion of the Transitional Constitution, which will come into effect with the official birth of the state next month. The draft has been criticized by one political group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-Democratic Change, for failing

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Published on June 8, 2011
Author:          Filed under: hp, South Sudan, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Pakistan’s Supreme Court Leads Again: Transgender Rights

While Pakistan’s military has egg on its face this week, it is important to recall that not all of Pakistan’s institutions are weak or broken. The Supreme Court under Justice Chaudhry continues to play an active role in a judicialized political environment. Last week, in a little noticed decision, the Pakistan Supreme Court required the

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Published on May 6, 2011
Author:          Filed under: gay rights, hp, Pakistan, Tom Ginsburg
 
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New Developments: Jamaican Charter of Rights and Freedoms

After 17 years of debate and discussion, the Jamaican parliament adopted a Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms earlier this month. It will enter into force once signed by the Governor General. The adoption brings the Jamaican Constitution in line with the trend in commonwealth countries, represented by the UK Human Rights Act 1998 and

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Published on April 24, 2011
Author:          Filed under: bill of rights, hp, Jamaica, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Transition for a Constitution in Exile

In light of the momentous events in the Middle East, some may have missed an important story out of India: The Dalai Lama has announced his intention to retire and has asked for amendments to Tibet’s “Constitution” to allow him to do so. If accepted by the parliament, this would end centuries of theocratic rule

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Published on March 21, 2011
Author:          Filed under: China, hp, Tibet, Tom Ginsburg
 
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Egypt’s amendments announced

Egypt’s eight-member committee charged with drafting constitutional amendments has announced their proposals. Originally tasked with modifying six provisions, they instead called for eight amendments. [An excellent discussion of the issues at stake, featuring our contributor Tamir Moustafa, can be found here. and his analysis of the amendments is here.] As reported in the press, the

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Published on February 28, 2011
Author:          Filed under: Egypt, hp, Tamir Moustafa, term limits, Tom Ginsburg
 
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New report on Human Dignity

We have a new report on the protection of human dignity in national constitutional texts, available in the “Reports” section of the website under the “Rights” tab, or directly here. From what we can tell, the concept first appeared in the constitutions of Finland and Estonia in 1919 and spread rapidly after its adoption as

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Published on January 31, 2011
Author:          Filed under: dignity, hp, Tom Ginsburg