—Richard Albert, The University of Texas Law School, and David Landau, Florida State University College of Law
I·CONnect is pleased to partner with the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy to bring you the second edition of the I·CONnect-Clough Center Global Review of Constitutional Law (ISBN: 978-0-692-15916-3). The report may be downloaded here for free.
This 2017 edition of the Global Review of Constitutional Law assembles reports from 61 jurisdictions. The reports offer a detailed but relatively brief overview of constitutional developments and cases in the past calendar year. This year’s coverage has grown from the 44 jurisdictions covered last year.
The reports are authored by scholars or judges, and sometimes both together as part of a team.
From the beginning, our objective for this first-of-its-kind volume has been to offer readers systematic knowledge that, previously, has been limited mainly to local networks rather than a broader readership. By making this information available to the larger field of public law in an easily digestible format, we aim to increase the base of knowledge upon which scholars and judges can draw. We expect to repeat the project every year with new annual reports, and we hope over time that coverage will grow to an even wider range of countries. We invite scholars and jurists from the presently non-covered jurisdictions to contact us about contributing a report in next year’s Global Review.
We are immensely grateful to the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College, directed by Professor Vlad Perju, for partnering with us in this project. Since becoming its Director, Vlad Perju has transformed the Clough Center into a leading site in the English-speaking world for the study of constitutions and constitutionalism. We thank him for sharing our vision of the possibilities for this annual volume, and for all he has done to nurture this collaboration with the care and support that he has invested in the many other successful projects he has innovated in his capacity as Director of the Clough Center and as a scholar of legal theory, EU law, and comparative public law.
We give great thanks to our many distinguished country authors for producing their informative and insightful reports.
We thank our co-editor Simon Drugda for his instrumental role in coordinating the commissioning of these reports,
We are especially thankful to our co-editor Pietro Faraguna who, along Michele Massa (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milano) and Diletta Tega (University of Bologna) under the coordination of Marta Cartabia (Vice-President of the Italian Constitutional Court), wrote the first annual review of constitutional law for Italy in 2016. Their review inspired this idea for a Global Review, has served as a model for others, and we are where we are today because of their initiative.
We thank also Gaurie Pandey, Manager of Creative Services at the Center for Centers, for creating a truly fabulous design for this volume from cover to cover. She has been wonderful in every way, and we are in her debt for lending us her time and creativity.
Finally, we thank Gráinne de Búrca and Joseph Weiler, Co-Editors-in-Chief of I·CON, for accepting our recommendation to publish three of these outstanding contributions in the most recent issue of I·CON.
We invite comments and inquiries to either of us via email at email@example.com.
The I·CONnect-Clough Center 2017 Global Review of Constitutional Law (ISBN: 978-0-692-15916-3) is available for free here.