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What’s New in Public Law

Chiara Graziani, Ph.D. Candidate and Research Fellow in Constitutional Law, University of Genoa, Italy

In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in public law. “Developments” may include a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, and blog posts from around the public law blogosphere.

To submit relevant developments for our weekly feature on “What’s New in Public Law,” please email

Developments in Constitutional Courts

  1. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Turkey violated art. 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights (prohibition of torture) in a case regarding the detention of immigrants pending their deportation.
  2. The European Court of Human Rights held that Italy’s tough prison regime for those who committed mafia-type crimes and refused to cooperate with the justice system violates art. 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights.  
  3. The Supreme Court of Spain convicted 12 former Catalan politicians for their role in the secession bid in 2017.
  4. The Scotland Supreme Court delayed its decision on whether to order Boris Johnson to ask for a Brexit extension if he cannot secure a deal.
  5. The Conseil Constitutionnel of France upheld a law banning palm oil from biofuel scheme.
  6. The UK Supreme Court handed down a judgment on whether a District Judge qualifies as a ‘worker’ or a ‘person in Crown employment’ for the purpose of the protection given to whistle-blowers.

In the News

  1. The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, jointly announced agreement on a new Brexit deal, despite the refusal of the Democratic Unionist party to back it.
  2. New provisions on national cybersecurity were adopted by the Italian government.
  3. A new law criminalizing abuse of authority was enacted in Brazil.
  4. Drone flight guidelines were amended in Japan.
  5. US President Donald Trump vetoed a joint resolution of Congress aimed at terminating his declaration of a national emergency on the Southern border with Mexico.
  6. The European Commission filed a case against Poland over new measures on the judiciary.

New Scholarship

  1. Jeremy D. Bailey, Populism and Presidential Representation, Critical Review (2019) (discussing questions raised by populism about the extent to which public opinion should be a legitimate foundation for executive power)
  2. Michael D. Breidenbach and Owen Anderson (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty (2020) (addressing the religion clauses of the First Amendment with a focus on its philosophical foundations, historical developments, and legal and political implications)
  3. Björn Dressel and Cristina Regina Bonoan, Southeast Asia’s Troubling Elections: Duterte Versus the Rule of Law, 30 Journal of Democracy (2019) (analyzing efforts to undermine the Philippines’ post-1987 constitutional order through legal means under the current Duterte presidency)
  4. Elspeth Guild, Steve Peers, Jonathan Tomkin, The EU Citizenship Directive: A Commentary (2019) (commenting the EU Citizenship Directive with a focus on most recent case law and on rights of EU and UK citizens after Brexit)
  5. Olivier Duhamel, Guillaume Tusseau, Droit constitutionnel et institutions politiques (2020) (addressing latest developments on French constitutional law and keeping an eye on theoretical and comparative aspects)
  6. Valsamis Mitsilegas, Saskia Hufnagel, Anton Moiseienko (eds.), Research Handbook on Transnational Crime (2019) (addressing the challenges of transnational crime in an interconnected world from a multidisciplinary perspective)
  7. Sybil Sharpe, Search and Surveillance. The Movement from Evidence to Information (2019) (providing a new definition of the powers of law enforcers to gather evidence and information for use in criminal proceedings, drawing upon international case studies)
  8. Stephen Skinner, Lethal Force, the Right to Life and the ECHR (2019) (addressing the ECtHR’s case law on the use of lethal force and examining the connection, set by the Court, between the right to life and democratic society)

Call for Papers and Announcements

  1. The Trinity College at Oxford University welcomes applications for a Junior Research Fellow in Constitutional Law and/or Constitutional Theory. Applications should be submitted no later than November 14, 2019.
  2. The Law and Society Association’s Socio-Legal Approaches to Property Collaborative Research Network (SLAP-CRN) invites submissions from scholars at any stage of their careers on any issues related to the treatment of land and other property no later than October 25, 2019. Papers will be presented at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, May 28-31, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.
  3. The Department of Law of the University of Pisa hosts a two-days international workshop on ‘Gender based approaches to the law and juris dictio in the European Union’ on June 19-20, in Pisa, within the frame of the European Law & Gender Jean Monnet Module. Abstract proposals are accepted until January 15, 2020.
  4. The Universidad Austral de Chile issued a call for papers for a Seminar on “Intellectual, Cognitive and Psychosocial Disability in Latin America: legal approaches and reforms”, to be held in Santiago de Chile on June 4-5, 2020. The deadline for submissions is January 20, 2020.
  5. The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) issues a call for papers for its 2020 Annual Meeting, with the theme: UN @ 75: The Future of Partnership and Multilateralism. The conference will be held June 25-27, 2020 at London Metropolitan University. The deadline for submissions of proposal is February 10, 2020.
  6. The Law Department of Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique (UPT) and the Instituto Jurídico Portucalense invite submissions to attend its 2020 Conference on “Have Fundamental Rights gone too far?”. Proposals have to be sent no later than February 15, 2020. The Conference will be held in Porto on May 7-8, 2020.

Elsewhere Online

  1. Theodore Christakis, 21 Thoughts and Questions about the UK-US CLOUD Act Agreement: (and an Explanation of How it Works – with Charts), European Law Blog
  2. Pedro Felipe de Oliveira Santos, What Kind of Judge are You?, IACL-AIDC Blog
  3. Daniel Halberstam, EU Brexit Litigation: A Short Guide to the Perplexed, UK Constitutional Law Association Blog
  4. Oliver Garner, Could the European Council Impose a ‘Qualitative Condition’ to Hold a Second Referendum or General Election on a New Brexit Extension?, European Law Blog
  5. Giorgio Grasso, The European Ombudsman as an Insurmountable Roadblock?, Verfassungsblog
  6. César Landa Arroyo, Is the Dissolution of the Peruvian Congress a Constitutional Measure?, IACL-AIDC Blog
  7. Ben Saul, United Nations Backslides on Human Rights in Counterterrorism, Lawfare
  8. Lorna Woods, The CJEU rules on consent to cookies under data protection law, EU Law Analysis

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Published on October 21, 2019
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Changing the Constitution in the Guise of Preserving It

–Qinhao Zhu, University of Oxford

In most professions creativity is good. But the value of judicial creativity is more suspect. There’s the suspicion that the creative judge is cheating. Hence, judges often portray their decisions as unoriginal. At one time in England it was said that the common law had existed since the creation of the world (Wallyng v Meger). Since then the stories have become more believable. One not quite believable story is told by the UK Supreme Court in Miller (No 2)/Cherry. The villain is a Government that has prorogued Parliament for a nefarious reason. It’s hinted that the reason is delivering Brexit, perhaps no-deal Brexit, but this is never made explicit. Like other good stories this one is shown, not told. The protagonist is the Court. It is the guardian of hallowed constitutional principles. By ruling prorogation to be unlawful, it showed the Government its constitutional place, under the law and Parliament. But the logic of this story breaks down upon examination. It is really the Court that has turned the constitution upside down, usurping the powers that had once rightfully belonged to the executive and legislature.

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Published on October 18, 2019
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Announcement: New Book Series in Latin American and Caribbean Constitutionalisms

Richard Albert, William Stamps Farish Professor in Law and Professor of Government, The University of Texas at Austin

I am pleased to announce that Hart Publishing has commissioned the creation of a new series of books in the field of comparative constitutional studies.

The new Hart Studies in Latin American and Caribbean Constitutionalisms will have three co-editors who will work closely to develop the series: Carlos Bernal, a Justice on the Constitutional Court of Colombia; Catarina Santos Botelho, Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Constitutional Law at the Porto Faculty of Law at the Catholic University of Portugal; and me, Richard Albert.

We welcome book proposals from scholars of all levels of seniority.

Here is a short description of the series and its focus:

The Hart Studies in Latin American and Caribbean Constitutionalisms series publishes outstanding scholarship on the law and politics of the many varieties of constitutionalism in Latin America and the Caribbean. From single-jurisdiction and cross-national studies to inquiries into the relationship between constitutional and international law in multilevel legal orders in the region, the series welcomes submissions that identify, contextualise, illuminate, and theorise the origins, challenges, foundations, and future of constitutional law and politics in these understudied—but fascinating and important—parts of the world. Scholarship published in this series covers the range of methodologies in law and politics, including but not limited to comparative, doctrinal, empirical, historical, and theoretical perspectives. The series editors invite preliminary inquiries as well as full proposals for monographs and edited volumes in what aims to be the leading forum for the publication of exceptional public law scholarship on Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Published on October 17, 2019
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Conference Report: Beyond the Usual Suspects and Usual Domains? An ICON-S (Singapore) Symposium

Maartje De Visser, Singapore Management University, and Jaclyn L. Neo, National University of Singapore

Avid readers of this blog need no reminder of the clarion call for those with an interest in constitutionalism to move beyond the ‘usual suspects’. Indeed, the very establishment of ICON-S was inspired by the desire to mainstream an interdisciplinary approach to public law writ large. The imperative to cast the net widely seems particularly salient for the Singapore Chapter of ICON-S, of which we are the founding co-chairs. Singapore is a relatively young nation that is outward-looking in many ways, including to cement its status as a regional economic hotspot; its citizenry is racially and religiously diverse, and it has elevated the use of technocracy as the preferred mode of governance to an art.

On 19 September 2019, the Singapore Chapter organized its second annual event, co-organized by the National University of Singapore Centre for Asian Legal Studies and the Singapore Management University School of Law. In line with its mission, academics, legal practitioners, representatives of State bodies, civil society, and policy-makers came together to interrogate constitutionalism along two dimensions. The first panel queried the use of interdisciplinary methodologies to understand and study the constitution. The speakers featured were Ran Hirschl (who was then Kwa Geok Choo Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore), Kevin YL Tan (National University of Singapore), Mark Findlay (Singapore Management University), and Corinna Lim (AWARE, the main women’s rights NGO in Singapore), with Dian Shah (National University of Singapore) as moderator. The second panel addressed the question how constitutional supremacy can be assured in the age of statutes. The frequency with which statutes are adopted concomitantly increases the likelihood of bills being introduced that have a knock-on effect on constitutional rights and rules. The panel was comprised of Chang Wen Chen (National Chiao Tung University/National Taiwan University), Priscilla Chia (Peter Low & Choo LLC), Lanx Goh (previously Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission and now at Klook Travel Technology), Kenny Chng (Singapore Management University), Hui Choon Kuen (Attorney-General Chambers’ Academy), with Jack Lee (Singapore Academy of Law) as moderator. 

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Published on October 16, 2019
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What’s New in Public Law

–Mohamed Abdelaal, Assistant Professor, Alexandria University Faculty of Law

In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in public law. “Developments” may include a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, and blog posts from around the public law blogosphere.

To submit relevant developments for our weekly feature on “What’s New in Public Law,” please email

Developments in Constitutional Courts

(1) The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two landmark cases concerning LGBTQ+ employment rights.

(2) The Constitutional Court of Guatemala issued a provisional injunction to stop a controversial commission of inquiry into the work of a United Nations-backed anti-corruption body.

(3) The Constitutional Court of Turkey ruled that former PM’s constitutional right of freedom of speech and expression has been violated.

(4) The Constitutional Court of Turkey ruled that an electric shock after touching the door of a transformer building constitutes a violation of the right to life.

(5) The Constitutional Court of South Africa held that a university policy which gives preference to English over Afrikaans is constitutional.

In the News

(1) The US House of Representatives introduces a bill to deter foreign interference in elections.

(2) Ghana will hold a referendum on a constitutional amendment allowing political parties to participate in district elections

(3) The Parliament of Azerbaijan approves the appointment of a new Prime Minister.

(4) Lawmakers in Costa Rica reject a proposal to cut the second round of voting in presidential elections.

(5) The Parliament of Italy voted to decrease the number of representatives in both houses.

New Scholarship

(1) Richard Albert, Menaka Guruswamy, and Nishchal Basnyat (eds), Founding Moments in Constitutionalism (2019) (theorizing and illustrating the phenomenon of a constitutional founding moment)

(2) Juan C. Herrera, Binding Consent of Indigenous Peoples in Colombia: An Example of Transformative Constitutionalism, in Claire Wright and Alexandra Tomaselli (eds), The Prior Consultation of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America: Inside the Implementation Gap (2019) (highlighting several limitations on the rights and mechanisms imply for Indigenous people)

(3) Richard Schragger and Micah Schwartzman, Establishment Clause Inversion in the Bladensburg Cross Case, ACS Supreme Court Review 2018-2019 (arguing that American Legion represents a significant development in the dismantling of Establishment Clause jurisprudence)

(4) P. Takis Tridimas, and Giulia Gentile, The Essence of Rights: An Unreliable Boundary?, 20 German Law Journal (2019) (examining the essence clause of the Charter in light of the ECJ case law and the constitutional traditions of the Member States and assesses its role in the framework of fundamental rights protection in EU law)

(5) Martin Krčmář, Personal Liability for Anticompetitive Conduct in the Context of the Trade Agreement between EU and Colombia, Peru and Ecuador (2019) (providing specific examples of the decision-making practices adopted by the competition authorities which have focused on identifying the attribution of company representatives’ conduct)

(6) Cass R. Sunstein, Behaviorally Informed Policy: A Brisk Progress Report (2019) (offering a progress report on behaviorally informed policy and law, while also providing some conceptual clarifications)

(7) Rafael Domingo, The Individual in Contemporary Sacred Natural Law, in Anne Peter and Tom Sparks (eds), The Individual in International Law. History and Theory (2021) (arguing for the adequacy and consistency of a human-centred international law framework from the perspective of the so-called sacred natural law theories)

(8) Gregory M. Dickinson, A Computational Analysis of Oral Argument in the Supreme Court, 28 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy (2019) (introducing a construct predictive models of judicial decision making based not on oral argument’s superficial features or factors external to oral argument)

(9) Melissa Crouch, The Constitution of Myanmar: A Contextual Analysis (2019) (describing how the process of constitution-making and the substance of the 2008 Constitution contribute to its lack of credibility and fuel demands for reform)

(10) Graham Butler, Constitutional Law of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy: Competence and Institutions in External Relations (2019) (arguing that the legal framework for EU foreign affairs must adapt to allow for a more assertive Europe in the world)

Call for Papers and Announcements

(1) Deakin Law School hosts a conference on “The Future of Freedom of Speech and Religion after Israel Folau,” to investigate significant aspects of the Folau matter and its implications for Australian law and society on December 7, 2019, at the Law Institute of Victoria, in Melbourne.

(2) The University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski,” Faculty of Law and the Sofia Legal Science Network welcome submissions for the IV Sofia Legal Science Week on “Law and Revolution.”

(3) The 2020 ESIL Research Forum will take place on April 23-24, 2020, at the Department of Law, University of Catania, Italy. The ESIL Research Forum is a scholarly conference that promotes engagement with research in progress by members of the Society. It has a small and intensive format. The Forum targets scholars at an early stage of their careers.

(4) The University of Portsmouth Law School will host the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference 2020 to be held from Wednesday April 1-3, 2020.

(5) A Call for Applications has been issued for an early career researchers’ workshop on “Convergence and Differentiation in European and Comparative Administrative Law,” to be held on February 14, 2020, in Brussels. The deadline for application is 15th December.

Elsewhere online

(1) Gaurav Mukherjee, Miller/Cherry 2 Goes to Kashmir, Verfassungsblog

(2) Adrian Waters, Will the reduction of legislators fix Italian democracy?, ConstitutionNet

(3) Gerard Magliocca, Not A Constitutional Crisis Yet, PrawfsBlawg

(4) Daniel Tavela Luís and Luís Antônio G. de Andrade, A New Path For Public Utility Expropriations Disputes In Brazil: Arbitration And Mediation, Kluwer Arbitration Blog

(5) Lucy Ferriss, It’s 2040. We Need to Keep Abortion Legal in New York, The New York Times

(6) A Practical Guide to Constitution Building: Decentralized Forms of Government, ConstitutionNet

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Published on October 14, 2019
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Book Review: John Otrompke on Arthur Peltomaa’s “Understanding Unconstitutionality: How a Country Lost Its Way”

[Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Book Review Series, John Otrompke reviews Arthur Peltomaa’s book on Understanding Unconstitutionality: How a Country Lost Its Way (Teja Press, 2018).

–John Otrompke, J.D.

In 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada declared that all of the laws of Manitoba enacted in the last 95 years had been unconstitutional, because they had not been translated into French. Even the seemingly-apparent remedy of simply translating all the laws and regulations might be sufficient, because even the laws governing the election of legislators were unconstitutional. In a case called Re Manitoba Language Rights, the Supreme Court suspended its declaration of unconstitutionality under s. 52(1) of the nation’s constitution (which had only recently been enacted in 1982), giving time for the Manitoba legislature to comply with its duty.[1]

This led to a trend in Canadian constitutional law that motivated author Arthur Peltomaa to pen an impassioned argument against the case and its progeny. “Understanding Unconstitutionality: How a Country Lost Its Way” is a thorough and mostly well-written analysis of suspended declarations of unconstitutionality.

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Published on October 13, 2019
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What the Harvard Decision Gets Right about Affirmative Action

Yuvraj Joshi, Doctoral Candidate, Yale Law School

A federal judge has upheld Harvard College’s admissions program against a challenge from Edward Blum. Her opinion reinforces what I interpret to be the true purpose of affirmative action in the U.S., which is the pursuit of racial transition.

Blum is the president of Students for Fair Admission (SFFA), an organization with the mission of eliminating the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions. He is responsible for orchestrating multiple anti-affirmative action lawsuits; he brought Abigail Fisher’s unsuccessful case against the University of Texas Austin before the Supreme Court. In his latest attempt to end affirmative action, Blum alleges that Harvard’s admissions practices have “disproportionately negative effect on Asian Americans” compared to white applicants.

U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts concluded that Harvard does not discriminate against Asian Americans in its admissions process. Judge Burroughs’ opinion follows longstanding U.S. Supreme Court precedent that allows universities to consider race as one of several factors in the pursuit of a diverse student body. A conservative Supreme Court bolstered by a pair of Trump nominees may be willing to depart from that precedent. But at least for now, Judge Burroughs’ opinion is right on the law.

What the opinion also gets right is the aim of affirmative action. As I argue in Affirmative Action as Transitional Justice and other forthcoming work, the purpose of affirmative action in higher education is not merely to diversify the student body; instead, its purpose is to facilitate and negotiate the nation’s passage from its racial past to its racial future.

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Published on October 11, 2019
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Book Review: Alice Valdesalici on Antonia Baraggia’s “Ordinamenti giuridici a confronto nell’era della crisi. La condizionalità economica in Europa e negli Stati nazionali”

[Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Book Review Series, Alice Valdesalici reviews Antonia Baraggia’s Ordinamenti giuridici a confronto nell’era della crisi. La condizionalità economica in Europa e negli Stati nazionali (G. Giappichelli Editore 2017).]

Alice Valdesalici, Senior Researcher, Institute for Comparative Federalism

Antonia Baraggia’s book–Ordinamenti giuridici a confronto nell’era della crisi. La condizionalità economica in Europa e negli Stati nazionali–provides a comparative analysis of different legal systems during the recent economic crisis, in particular, it explores the impact of economic conditionality on both the European Union and two member States, Greece and Portugal.

Baraggia’s investigation can be placed at the crossroad between comparative constitutional studies of constitutional change and constitutional crisis. Its main assumption is that economic conditionality can be conceived as one of the drivers of ‘constitutional mutation’ in EU member States, to the extent that it challenges the foundation of the welfare state model.

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Published on October 9, 2019
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What’s New in Public Law

Sandeep Suresh, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, India

In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in public law. “Developments” may include a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, and blog posts from around the public law blogosphere.

To submit relevant developments for our weekly feature on “What’s New in Public Law,” please email

Developments in Constitutional Courts

  1. The US Supreme Court will soon hear a case to decide whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act’s prohibition of workplace discrimination on the ground of ‘sex’ also bans discrimination based on ‘sexual orientation’.
  2. A Court of Appeal in the Netherlands held that accusations of colonial-era crimes committed by Dutch forces in Indonesia are not bound by the law of limitations.
  3. The Tripura High Court in India banned the centuries-old practice of animal sacrifice in temples on the ground that animals have the fundamental right to life under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.
  4. The Mombasa High Court in Kenya held that amendments to the Merchant Shipping Act which allowed for privatization of the Container Terminal Two at the Port of Mombasa are unconstitutional as the amending process did not meet the requirements of adequate public participation.
  5. Justice Eduardo Medina Mora of the Supreme Court of Mexico resigned from his post in light of the on-going investigation against him by the government for financial irregularities.

In the News

  1. Experts indicate that Australia’s new religious discrimination bill, in its current form, could be unconstitutional as it allows doctors to refuse treatment based on their religious beliefs.
  2. The Ombudsman of Latvia, Juris Jansons, proposed to make the office of Ombudsman politically neutral under the country’s Constitution.
  3. The Guardian Council of Iran approved a law that now allows children of Iranian women married to foreigners to attain Iranian citizenship.
  4. The Parliament of Pakistan rejected a private member’s bill that proposed to allow non-Muslims to become the President or Prime Minister of the country.
  5. The Chief Executive of Hong Kong banned the use of face masks by protestors who are involved in the ongoing anti-government protests.

New Scholarship

  1. Donal Coffey, The Influence of the Weimar Constitution on the Common Law World, Vol 27 Rechtsgeschichte – Legal History (2019) (tracing the influence of the Weimar Constitution on the common law world by looking at the Constitutions of Ireland and South Asian countries).
  2. Tarunabh Khaitan, The Supreme Court as a Constitutional Watchdog, 721 Seminar 22-28 (2019) (pointing out that the Supreme Court of India has adopted a skewed approach to its appellate and constitutional functions by spending a far higher proportion of its institutional resources on its appellate function and far less judicial energy in performing its constitutional defence role).
  3. Robert E Ross, The Framers’ Intentions: The Myth of the Nonpartisan Constitution (University of Notre Dame Press 2019) (addressing the unresolved constitutional question: why did political parties emerge so quickly after the framers designed the Constitution to prevent them?).
  4. Abhinav Sekhri, Article 22 — Calling Time on Preventive Detention (September 2019) (arguing that Article 22 of the Indian Constitution which details various regulations for the deployment of preventive detention laws by sets an inadequate and minimum threshold for the legislature).
  5. Nikos Skoutaris, On Brexit and Secession(s) in C Closa, C Margiotta and G Martinico (eds), Between Democracy and Law: The Amorality of Secession (Routledge 2019) (exploring the interrelationship between Brexit and secession).
  6. Guillaume Tusseau, Codification, religion and practical reasoning: on the ambitions and limits of the benthamian paradigm (Varenne University Institute 2019) (exploring codification as an intellectual and cultural construction)
  7. Andraž Zidar, The World Community between Hegemony and Constitutionalism (Eleven International 2019) (surveying the complex and intertwined relationship between hegemony and constitutionalism in the global community).

Call for Papers and Announcements

  1. The Law & Society Association has opened the Call for Submissions for its 2020 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, on May 28-31. The theme of the annual gathering is “Rule and Resistance.” All are welcome to apply.
  2. The Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law at Melbourne Law School invites applications for the ‘2019 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowship’. Applications are invited from female doctoral and early career scholars who may be looking for an opportunity to visit Melbourne and work with the program for one to two months. The final deadline to apply for this year’s program is approaching soon: October 13, 2019.
  3. The Department of Law at Utrecht University invites applications for the vacant Post-doctoral position on ‘EU Gender Equality Law’. The successful candidate will be a part of the gender stream of the European Equality Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination. Interested candidates should apply before October 13, 2019.
  4. The Georgetown University Law Center invites applications for the ‘Women’s Law & Public Policy 2020-2021 Fellowship’. It is a one-year fellowship program, based in Washington D.C., for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women rights. Interested candidates should apply before November 1, 2019 (11:59PM EST).
  5. The Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University invites applications from faculty members, independent scholars, lawyers, and judges for their ‘2020-2021 Princeton Program in Law and Public Affairs Fellowship’ (residential). The selected fellows will devote a significant portion of their time to their research and writing on law-related subjects of empirical, interpretive, doctrinal or normative significance, and participate in the institution’s programs. The deadline for applying is November 13, 2019 (11:59 PM EST).
  6. The International Association of Constitutional Law in association with the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Asian Legal Studies and Melbourne Law School’s Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies invite paper submissions from young constitutional law scholars for the inaugural ‘Junior Scholars Forum’ to be held in Singapore from July 2-3, 2020. Interested participants should submit their paper abstracts by November 29, 2019.

Elsewhere Online

  1. India’s judges are ignoring the government’s abuses in Kashmir, The Economist
  2. Spencer Bokat-Lindell, When Should a President Be Impeached?, The New York Times
  3. Malavika Prasad, In pursuit of an ideal criminal process, The Hindu
  4. Anthony Arnull, Is the UK Supreme Court Pro-EU?, UK Constitutional Law Blog
  5. Kiryl Kascian, A Judicial Path to Nowhere? Challenging the Minority Education Reform Before Latvia’s Constitutional Court, Verfassungsblog
  6. Bruce Dyer, The dual citizen ban – what was Barton thinking?, AUSPUBLAW
  7. Sándor Lénárd, Interview with Prof. Michael W McConnell on religion and public life through American lenses, Mandiner
  8. Juliet Nyamao, The Global Compact on Refugees: A breakthrough opportunity in addressing the protracted refugee crises in East Africa, AfricLaw
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Published on October 7, 2019
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Late Soviet Constitutional Supervision: A Model for Central Asian Constitutional Review?

William Partlett, Melbourne Law School

[Editor’s note: This is one of our biweekly I-CONnect columns. Columns, while scholarly in accordance with the tone of the blog and about the same length as a normal blog post, are a bit more “op-ed” in nature than standard posts. For more information about our four columnists for 2019, see here. This blog post reflects on ongoing project Partlett is working on with Aziz Ismatov, Assistant Professor at Nagoya University’s Center for Asian Legal Exchange.  The project explores the legacy of socialism in the development of constitutional review in the former Soviet republics.]

The socialist legacy is far more complex than generally acknowledged. Using Uzbekistan as a case study, I argue that the rediscovery of late Soviet debates about a socialist version of constitutional review offers the possibility of jump-starting constitutional review in post-Soviet states where it has remained largely unrealized.

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Published on October 2, 2019
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