The South African Constitutional Court has issued internationally significant decisions abolishing the death penalty, legalizing same-sex marriage, and ruling that their Constitution’s socio-economic rights provision are enforceable rather than aspirational. The socio-economic rulings are among the first of their kind internationally with some exceptions (for example, India and Columbia). Yet the Constitutional Court has recently
I’m pleased to announce that Richard Albert of Boston College Law School has joined our ranks of bloggers. Professor Albert is one of the leading young scholars of comparative constitutional law in the United States. He’s published a number of papers, including an excellent article in the American Journal of Comparative Law on the fusion
The impasse over Iraq’s election law has now caused UN officials to publicly admit what many have known for weeks — Iraq is going to miss its constitutionally mandated deadline for parliamentary elections. At first it was disagreement over how to handle Iraq’s disputed territory of Kirkuk that prevented parliamentarians from passing an election law
Even close observers of Chile’s constitutional politics were taken by surprise when an electronic newspaper (‘El Mostrador’) reported a few weeks ago that the new President of the Constitutional Court had been the director of DINACOS (an agency organized during Augusto Pinochet’s regime to implement censorship).The new head of the Constitutional Court, Marcelo Venegas, had
One of the benefits of being a law professor in Washington, D.C. is that you have the chance to talk to the many interesting people who happen to be passing through town. For someone interested in comparative constitutional law in particular, this can be quite helpful, as your lunch companions can be valuable sources of
As noted in this New York Times story, a Federal Court of Appeal in Canada ordered Stephen Harper’s government to become more involved in seeking the release of a Canadian held in American custody.
A new article about the collateral consequences of criminal convictions, with a comparative element looking at constitutional-style constraints on these consequences in several countries: This article explores the racial dimensions of the various collateral consequences that attach to criminal convictions in the United States. The consequences include ineligibility for public and government-assisted housing, public benefits
A new article about the law of political donations in Japan: In Japan, there has been increased scrutiny of companies’ general participation in the political process, in particular political campaign contributions. Over the past decade, Japan has placed new restrictions on companies’ political giving and has required greater disclosure of campaign contributions. Increasingly, shareholders are