—Jaakko Husa, Professor, Legal Culture and Legal Linguistics, University of Lapland, Finland Long gone are the days when comparative law was ruled by private law scholars only. After the collapse of socialism we have experienced a global expansion of constitutionalism, judicial review, and human rights. Comparative constitutional law now has much more vigor than it
South Africa is currently preoccupied with a controversy regarding a painting of its President that is on display in a gallery. The painting appears to show President Zuma in a Lenin-like pose with his genitals hanging out of his pants. Zuma has sought a court injunction banning display of the painting because it supposedly insults
In recent years, there has been concern that the South African Constitutional Court has been retreating from its innovative socio-economics rights cases. In the most infamous case, Mazibuko, the Court in 2010 was very deferential towards the government in upholding a new problematic water distribution policy for some poor residential communities. Yet last December, the
Erin Daly (Widener University), writes with an announcement about the following conference, which looks intriguing: Constitutional Environmental Rights Workshop Thursday, May 31, 2012 Environmental Law Center Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE On Thursday, May 31, 2012, the Widener Environmental Law Center (WELC) in Wilmington, Delaware, will host a one-day scholar workshop on recent
The new Hungarian Constitution became law on New Year’s Day, 2012. Is it a harbinger of a new anti-European trend in the hear of Europe, or simply an anomalous hiccup? We are not living in the “end of constitutional history.” An excellent analysis by Kim Lane Scheppele is here.
Anthony Billingsley has written an interesting article on constitution-making in the wake of the Arab Spring for Foreign Affairs.
A second country study in Tom Ginsburg and I’s ongoing project to identify the risks and rewards of a constitutional Right to Rebel – Venezuela has had 26 separate constitutions since independence and the most recent have included various justifications for a popular right to rebel. Case Study 2: Venezuela The seeds for democratic governance