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Symposium: Football Feminism–Global Governance Perspectives

–The Editors

The Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at NYU School Law will host a two-day symposium – Football Feminism: Global Governance Perspectives – on February 24 & 25, 2020. The symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners from around the world to critically examine the transnational system of governance that regulates football (soccer) through the lens of gender. The presentation and discussion of interdisciplinary research (works-in-progress) on this topic aims to elucidate the operation of discrimination in and through the structures, rules, and practices of football governance; to assess various understandings of, and approaches to, advancing gender equality in this context; and to contemplate innovative ideas for feminist reform or reimagination of an increasingly complex and globalized system of significant social, economic, and political import.

Further information is available here.

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Published on February 11, 2020
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What’s New in Public Law

Teodora Miljojkovic, PhD student, Central European University, Budapest/Vienna

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 Constitutional Court of Malawi, in a landmark decision, annulled last year’s elections due to the evidence of widespread irregularities and called for a new ballot.
  2. The European Court of Human Rights rejected the request to impose temporary measures which would ban the Montenegrin state bodies from implementing the Law on Religious Freedoms.
  3. Armenia will hold a referendum on constitutional amendment curbing powers of the Constitutional Court.
  4. The Constitutional Court of Spain declared unconstitutional the article of the Spanish Law on Civil Procedure (LEC), which did not allow an appeal against the individual decisions of the Ministry of Justice lawyers. 
  5. The Constitutional Court of Turkey ruled that the lower courts cannot dispute its authority by rejecting to implement a decision, which ordered the release of the journalist Mehmet Altan.

In the News:

  1. Kosovo gets new government four months after polls.
  2. Afghan Rights Group investigates video of a woman being stoned to death.
  3. A Polish judge who challenged the government’s recent changes to the judiciary got suspended and hit by a 40% salary cut.
  4. In the past 20 years in Colombia, almost 1700 rape victims faced illegal abortion charges. The statistics were generated on request of the Constitutional Court which is to revisit the illegality of abortion.
  5. Nepalese officials announced that the next population census will include a third gender option, which is believed to expand social benefits to the LGBTQ+ community.
  6. The US District Court for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments over the city of Natchitoches’ refusal to allow the Louisiana division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) to carry Confederate flags during the 2015 Christmas Festival.
  7. The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal dismissed a recent complaint from First Nations peoples seeking to delay expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline. The applicants claimed that the officials failed to consult with them over the Trans Mountain pipeline project properly, but the judges concluded that First Nations “cannot tactically use the consultation process as a means to try to veto it.”

New Scholarship:

  1. Brandon L. Bartels, Christopher L. Johnson, Curbing the Court: Why the Public Constrains Judicial Independence (forthcoming 2020) (arguing that the citizens are not primary defenders of the judiciary, instead, they seek to limit it, in line with their political preferences, particularly in the times of the sharp partisan polarization)
  2. Weitseng Chen, Hualing Fu (eds.), Authoritarian Legality in Asia: Formation, Development and Transition (forthcoming 2020) (explaining, through the comparison of six Asian jurisdictions, why the authoritarian regimes still need a degree of legality and examining what kind of struggles these countries would face if they transitioned to liberal democratic system)
  3. Koen Lenaerts, New Horizons for the Rule of Law Within the EU  (2020) (arguing that the rule of law has always been and should be the core value behind the European integration process)
  4. Manuel Rodriguez, Disinformation Operations Aimed at (Democratic) Elections in the Context of Public International Law: The Conduct of the Internet Research Agency During the 2016 US Presidential Election (2020) (discussing the future of the international legal framework for the regulation of the disinformation operations aimed at election processes)
  5. Lael K Weis, Legislative Constitutional Baselines (2019) (identifying “baselines” as a distinctive issue in constitutional interpretation, and examining an important but under-theorised way that courts define them: namely, by adopting legislatively–defined norms or standards)
  6. Daniel Bonilla Maldonado, Judges, Judicial Opinions, and Culture from a Comparative Perspective. An Introduction (2019) (discussing the directions in which the processes of regional and global legal unification should move forward)

Call for Papers and Announcements

  1. DIPEC (Gruppo di ricerca e formazione sul diritto publico e europeo) and University of Siena invite submissions from young researchers for the workshop on the topic “Framing and Diagnosing Constitutional Degradation: A Comparative Perspective” which will be held on June 22-23, 2020 in Siena. The abstracts (max. 500 words), together with a CV, should be submitted no later than May 31.
  2. SOAS University of London invites submissions for the 2020 SOAS Postgraduate Colloquium on “Changing Dimensions of Rule of Law: From Theory to Practice,” which will be held on June 10, 2020. The deadline for the abstract (max.500 words) and short CV is February 20, 2020.
  3. The Law Department of Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique (UPT) and the Instituto Jurídico Portucalense invite submissions for the 2020 Congress on “Have Fundamental Rights gone too far?” that will be held on May 7-8, 2020.  Interested scholars should submit an abstract (max.750 words), publishable CV and a publishable photo no later than March 1, 2020.
  4. Constitutional Court of South Africa invites applications from law graduates or those in the final year of their studies interested in serving as Law Clerks. The deadline for the application is March 31, 2020. 
  5. The International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) invites applications for an IACL roundtable on “Democracy 2020: Assessing Constitutional Decay, Breakdown and Renewal Worldwide.” which will be held in Melbourne on December 10-12, 2020. The deadline for the submission of an abstract (max.300 words) is May 1, 2020.

Elsewhere online:

  1. Alan S. Reid, The Proud, Sovereign, Independent Nation that is United Kingdom: What Next?, Brexit Institute 
  2. Benjamin Ward, The Success of Brexit Britain Will Depend on How Well It Can Stick to Its Principles, Euronews.
  3. Marten Breuer, The Struggle of Strasbourg: The Council of Europe’s Response to Rule of Law Backsliding and Serious Violations of Fundamental Principles, Verfassungsblog
  4. Indigo-Trigg Hager, Bruno Oliveira Martins, and Andrea Silkoset, “Drone technology has democratized:” An Interview with Bruno Oliveira Martins and Andrea Silkoset, PRIO Blogs
  5. Dean Falvy, Dead Letter Office: What’s Left of the Impeachment Power After Trump’s Acquittal, VERDICT
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Published on February 10, 2020
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Five Questions with Felicia Caponigri

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

In “Five Questions” here at I-CONnect, we invite a public law scholar to answer five questions about scholarship.

This edition of “Five Questions” features a short video interview with Felicia Caponigri, Director of the Program on Intellectual Property and Technology Law at Notre Dame Law School. A comparative art law scholar, her research explores links between cultural property and intellectual property in Italian and U.S. law.

One of her papers is “The Ethics of the International Display of Fashion in the Museum,” available for free download here.

To nominate someone for a future edition of “Five Questions,” please email We welcome all nominations. We are especially eager to receive nominations of early-career scholars and women.

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Published on February 6, 2020
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Wiley and the European Law Journal

Gráinne de Búrca & J.H.H. Weiler, Co-Editors-in-Chief, International Journal of Constitutional Law

It is, we believe, unprecedented that both Editors-in-Chief and the entire Editorial and Scientific Advisory Board of a learned journal should resign en masse in protest at the high-handed behavior of the commercial publisher. But that is what has happened at the European Law Journal in their dispute with their publishers Wiley Publishing.

The statement of the Editors in Chief of the European Law Journal is appended below.

Between the two of us, Editors in Chief of ICON (the International Journal of Constitutional Law published by OUP) we have clocked dozens of years serving as Editors and members of Editorial and Advisory Boards of at least two dozen legal journals. We can safely say that never before have we seen even remotely the like of this.   By ‘this’ we do not just mean the mass resignation, but the entire approach of Wiley to the relationship between a commercial publisher and the academics – the editors, editorial boards and authors – who actually make the journal not only an academic and intellectual success, but also give it monetary value for its publisher. The journal generates hundreds of thousands of euros in annual revenue, and Wiley itself estimated its monetary value in the millions. You would expect some respect for the value of the academic world which generate these profits for them, would you not?

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Published on February 5, 2020
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Invitation from I-CONnect — Books for Review

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

We are once again inviting our readers to express an interest in reviewing public law books here at I-CONnect.

We are pleased to promote new books to our readers in this forum. We welcome books from all scholars and publishers. We especially value the opportunity to showcase books from women and early-career scholars.

Here, below, is the list of books we have most recently received at I-CONnect for this purpose.

  1. Jorge L. Esquirol, Ruling the Law: Legitimacy and Failure in Latin American Legal Systems (Cambridge 2019)
  2. Maria Adele Carrai, Sovereignty in China: A Genealogy of a Concept Since 1840 (Cambridge 2019)
  3. Milton Cesar Jimenez Ramirez et al., La garantía judicial de la constitución (Universidad de Caldas 2017)
  4. Carlos Closa et al., Between Democracy and Law: The Amorality of Secession (Routledge 2019)
  5. Todd A. Eisenstadt et al., Constituents Before Assembly: Participation, Deliberation, and Representation in the Crafting of New Constitutions (Cambridge 2019)
  6. Jody Heymann et al., Advancing Equality: How Constitutional Rights Can Make a Difference Worldwide (UC Press 2020)
  7. Marie Seong-Hak Kim, Constitutional Transition and the Travail of Judges: The Courts of South Korea (Cambridge 2019)
  8. Dimitry Kochenov, Citizenship (MIT 2019)
  9. Ernest Lim, A Case for Shareholders’ Fiduciary Duties in Common Law Asia (Cambridge 2019)
  10. Florian Matthey-Prakash, The Right to Education in India: The Importance of Enforceability of a Fundamental Right (Oxford 2019)
  11. Tamir Moustafa, Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State (Cambridge 2018)
  12. Luke Nottage et al., ASEAN Consumer Law Harmonisation and Cooperation: Achievements and Challenges (August 2019)
  13. Gerald N. Rosenberg et al., A Qualified Hope: The Indian Supreme Court and Progressive Social Change (Cambridge 2019)
  14. Carol S. Steiker and Jordan M. Steiker, Comparative Capital Punishment (Edward Elgar 2019)
  15. Riaz Tejani, Law and Society Today (UC Press 2019)
  16. Nicolò Zanon and Giada Ragone, The Dissenting Opinion: Selected Essays (Giuffrè Francis Lefebvre 2019)

Please complete this questionnaire by February 9 if you would like to review one of these books. The questionnaire is available here. confirmation will follow. Preference will be given to early-career scholars and first-time I-CONnect contributors.

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Published on February 4, 2020
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What’s New in Public Law

Matteo Mastracci, PhD Researcher, Koç University, Istanbul

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 Federal Constitutional Court of Germany ruled that the extradition of a Turkish national with Kurdish ethnicity suspected of committing a criminal offence, may raise the risk of a political prosecution, and therefore it violates German law and international law obligations.
  2. The Constitutional Court of Lithuania is called upon to clarify the effect of UN committee rulings on domestic cases of judicial review.
  3. The Constitutional Court of South Africa held that the hierarchy during the retrenchment consultation process does not limit the right to fair labour practices.
  4. The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe delivered a landmark ruling noting that all debts owed in US dollars before February 2019 must be paid in the local currency at the rate of 1:1.
  5. The Constitutional Court of Malta found that the former Minister of Justice had violated freedom of expression for reordering, more than once, the clearing up of a journalist memorial.
  6. The US Supreme Court agreed to the expansion of the notion of “public charge” in immigration policy standards.

In the News

  1. European Parliament has voted to ratify the Brexit withdrawal agreement by an overwhelming majority of 621 votes to 49.
  2. The Constitutional Court of Georgia received a petition demanding the abolition of a criminal penalty for growing marijuana.
  3. The lower chamber of the Romanian legislature adopted a draft law repealing the special pension law for top public servants and high magistrates.
  4. The President of Abkhazia stepped down after anti-government protests and the Supreme Court ruling on the legitimacy of the election.
  5. The Prime Minister of Australia has called for a national state of emergency to deal quickly with bush fires and other natural disasters across the country.

New Scholarship

  1. Adam S. Chilton and Mila Versteeg, When Constitutional Rights Matter (forthcoming 2020) (arguing for the practical relevance of enforcing certain constitutional rights on the road to a wealthier democracy)
  2. Mordechai Kremnitzer, Talya Steiner, and Andrej Lang (eds.), Proportionality in Action: Comparative and Empirical Perspectives on the Judicial Practice (forthcoming 2020) (offering a comparative study of the proportionality doctrine based on six different jurisdictions)
  3. Anna Fruhstorfer and Gianluca Passarelli, President and Assemblies – 25 Years After Shugart and Carey’s Book (2020) (exploring different institutional frameworks for organising the relationship between the executive and legislature, and their effect on democracy)
  4. Massimo Fichera and Oreste Pollicino, The Dialectics Between Constitutional Identity and Common Constitutional Traditions: Which Language for Cooperative Constitutionalism in Europe? (2019) (emphasizing how the ambiguity and apparent clash between identity and tradition have, nonetheless, shaped the European process)
  5. Larry Diamond, Breaking out of the Democratic Slump (2020) (explaining causes and remedies for the modern antidemocratic surge and how populist leaders might lose support)
  6. Felix Petersen and Zenyep Yanaşmayan, The Failure of Popular Constitution Making in Turkey: Regressing Towards Constitutional Autocracy (2020) (explaining how the many stances of the ruling party from 2011 to 2013 have thwarted the Turkish democratic process)
  7. Jacco Bomhoff, David Dyzenhaus, and Thomas Poole, The Double-Facing Constitution (2020) (examining the historical importance of external elements within constitutional and legal theories)
  8. Theodore Konstadinides, The Rule of Law in the European Union: The Internal Dimension (2020) (examining the ambiguities and criticisms of the EU Rule of Law, including judicial review and enforcement strategies)
  9. Christine Landfried, Judicial Power: How Constitutional Courts Affect Political Transformations (2019) (arguing that judicial review allows for a method of reflecting on social integration that differs from political methods, and, precisely because of the difference between judicial and political decision-making, strengthens democratic governance)
  10. Adriano Dirri, The Iraqi Federation and the Kurdistan Regional Government: the conflict between communal and oil and gas policies (2019) 11 Perspectives on Federalism (examining how that the interplay between oil and gas disputes and ethnic conflict shaped the asymmetric Iraqi Federation)
  11. Conall Towe, Constituent Power and Doctrines of Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments (2020) (offering a rebuttal of Yaniv Roznai’s justificatory theory)

Call for Papers and Announcements

  1. The International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) invites applications for the first edition of its Summer School on “Algorithmic State, Market and Society,” (FLOS) that will be held in Florence on July 13-17, 2020. The deadline for applications is April 10, 2020.
  2. Luiss University invites candidates to apply for the position of Visiting Professors and Visiting Fellows in the academic year 2020-2021. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2020, at noon (Italian local time).
  3. Political Studies Association (PSA), the ECPR Standing Group on Southern European Politics and the Aston Centre for Europe invite abstract submissions for the conference “The State of democracy in Southern Europe: Democratic Decline or Resilience?,” to be held on June 25-26, 2020, at Aston University, in the UK. Abstracts of 150-200 words should be sent no later than March 16, 2020.
  4. Maastricht University invites applications for two Assistant Professors in the area of EU Politics at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The deadline for application is February 10, 2020.
  5. Ghent Human Rights Centre (HRC) invites submissions for the International Conference “The European Convention on Human Rights turns 70,” which will take place at Ghent University on November 18-20, 2020. The deadline for submission is April 15, 2020.
  6. Tilburg Law School invites applications for three fully funded PhD positions. The deadline for submission of applications is March 11, 2020.

Elsewhere Online

  1. Matej Avbelj, Can Elections be Held under Unconstitutional Electoral Law?, Verfassungsblog
  2. Yulia Ioffe, The Amendments to the Russian Constitution: Putin’s Attempt to Reinforce Russia’s Isolationist Views on International Law?, EJIL: Talk!
  3. Julie Jarland, The Dark Side of Justice, PRIO Blogs
  4. Munkhsaikhan Odonkhuu, Mongolia’s Long, Participatory Route to Constitutional Reforms, ConstitutionNet
  5. Attila Mráz, In Orban’s Hungary, the law is not for everyone, EUobserver
  6. Fahri Aksüt, Turkey slams Belgian ruling protecting PKK terrorists, Anadolu Agency
  7. Daniele Albertazzi and Davide Pellegrino, Matteo Salvini fails to make waves in local election but Italy’s government remains on a knife edge, The Conversation
  8. Lisa James and Meg Russell, Has parliament just got boring? Five conclusions from the passage of the EU Withdrawal Agreement Act, Constitution Unit
  9. Federico Fabbrini, The Future of Europe Beyond Brexit, Brexit Institute
  10. Gabriel Toggenburg, The 3rd of all EU-r rights: Integrity and how the Charter contributes, EUreka!
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Published on February 3, 2020
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Bolsonaro’s First Year: Trying to Erode Democracy

Antonio Moreira Maués, Federal University of Pará             

The first year of the Bolsonaro government had poor results in the economy and was marked by a high degree of political instability. Although he managed to approve pension reform, Bolsonaro does not have a stable parliamentary base in the National Congress[1] and has also lost a significant portion of his popularity, becoming the President with the worst approval rating in the first 12 months of government since redemocratization. Bolsonaro has raised questions about his capacity to manage the country and has sought to prop himself up on the support he still has in the business community and among his most faithful voters.

Despite these weaknesses, in his first year in office, Bolsonaro proved that he can cause serious damage to democracy. As we anticipated at the beginning of his government,[2] Bolsonaro has sought to reduce the bureaucracy’s capacity to halt his arbitrary actions and has tried to limit the exercise of the freedoms of speech and association, following the democratic erosion script adopted by other authoritarian leaders.[3]

Within the executive branch, Bolsonaro has interfered in the regulatory and oversight functions of public administration in favor of sectors that support him, even if the fulfillment of his interests contradicts the law. Environmental protection has been one of the most impaired areas in Brazil because of this policy. Until November 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture authorized the registration of 439 new pesticide products,  maintaining the previous year’s increasing trend. These authorizations were facilitated by a set of changes in the evaluation and toxicological classification criteria adopted by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária – ANVISA). After visiting Brazil in December, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances, Baskut Tuncak, expressed his concern about the seriousness of the situation in the country.

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Published on February 1, 2020
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A Landmark Dutch Supreme Court Ruling Obliges the State to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 20%

–Julio Ponce, Professor of Administrative Law, University of Barcelona. Email:

On December 20, 2019, the Dutch Supreme Court issued a historic ruling, putting an end to a series of lawsuits initiated in 2015 that have pitted Urgenda, a foundation with 886 Dutch people as plaintiffs, against the Dutch State.

In this judgment, the high court declared the existence of dangerous climate change to be a proven fact, affirmed the legal obligation of the Dutch State to protect the rights of its citizens with the due care and diligence of good government and good administration, and established the absence of absolute and unimpeded freedom of choice for the law in the exercise of existing discretion in climate change decision-making.

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Published on January 31, 2020
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High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Surprising Rarity of the US Impeachment Standard

Alexander Hudson, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

[Editor’s note: This is one of our biweekly I-CONnect columns. For more information about our four columnists for 2020, please click here.]

As the attention of many observers of law and politics is fixed on the impeachment process now underway in the United States of America, it’s an interesting time to think about the choices that constitution drafters make regarding the grounds for removing the head of state. Part of the case in the US Senate has so far turned on whether or not the conduct of President Donald J. Trump meets the standards for impeachment and removal as described in Article II, § 4. As readers no doubt know, the kinds of conduct that are described there are “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

While treason and bribery are reasonably clear, legal scholars have spilled considerable quantities of ink in discussing precisely what might or might not be covered by “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” (see a nice summary at the Lawfare blog). I have nothing particularly original to contribute to the debate over whether or not a crime as otherwise defined must have been committed for this part of the clause governing impeachment to apply. However, I would like to draw our attention as scholars of comparative constitutional law to the level of influence that this particular formulation has had in the drafting of other constitutions, and to think for a moment about how widespread the term may or may not be. The history of the US drafting is itself interesting, as the drafters considered various other ways in which potential grounds for impeachment might be described (see esp. Berger).

The influence on the US Constitution as a general model for other states is quite well known (see especially Billias 1990, 2011). The US Constitution has also been a model for specific textual choices in a surprising number of other states. I have identified 49 national constitutions that copy at least one phrase from the US Constitution. The countries that copied more than one phrase are not unexpected, with former US colonies or dependencies particularly well represented (e.g. Philippines, Micronesia, Palau, Marshall Islands). The most popular phrase to copy is the guarantee of due process in the 14th Amendment. However, the impeachment process is not entirely neglected. Four constitutions copy part of the description of the impeachment process in Article I, § 3 (Argentina (Article 60), Republic of Korea (Article 65, cl. 4), Liberia (Article 43), and the Philippines (Article XI, § 3, cl. 7)).  

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Published on January 29, 2020
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What’s New in Public Law

Claudia Marchese, Research Fellow in Comparative Public Law at the University of Florence (Italy)

Developments in Constitutional Courts

  1. The Turkish Constitutional Court’s decision n. 2017/22355 dated 26 December 2019 on the violation of the applicants’ freedom of speech determined by the blocked access to Wikipedia, was published in the Official Gazette on January 15, 2020.
  2. The Colombian Constitutional Court ordered the country’s ministry of justice, the Office of the Attorney General and health professionals to provide a justification for the criminalization of abortion in Colombia.
  3. Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled that key figures of the opposition Future Forward Party are not guilty of opposing the monarchy.
  4. The Chilean Constitutional Tribunal stated the inadmissibility of filing a claim questioning the constitutionality of the National Institute for Human Rights’ legitimacy to lodge complaints against the crimes of torture.
  5. The Italian Constitutional Court by means of a deliberation, dated 8 January 2020, admitted all non-profit social groups and all institutional bodies representing collective or diffuse interests relevant to the questions discussed to present brief written opinions, thus providing the Court with information that may be useful in understanding and evaluating the case before it.

In the News

  1. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has submitted a package of numerous constitutional amendments to Parliament.
  2. Lawyers of President Trump during the impeachment trial, tried to emphasize that the House of Representatives had never accused the President of committing an ordinary crime, so that the accuse of abuse of power could collapse.
  3. The Iowa Senate Republicans launched a resolution to modify the Iowa Constitution establishing that it is not recognized or secured a right to abortion and it is not possible to use public funding for abortion.
  4. The Commonwealth of Virginia voted on 15 January 2020 to amend the U.S. Constitution, so becoming the 38th and final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment which prohibits gender discrimination.
  5. On 8 January 2020 the new Montenegro law on Religious Freedom came into force. This law led to tensions between Montenegro and Serbia.

New Scholarship

  1. J. Chaisse, Sixty Years of European Integration and Global Power Shifts (forthcoming in 2020) (providing a critical analysis of the key features of the EU integration and how this integration is perceived).
  2. D. Popovic, Comparative Government (2019) (comparative analysis of the contemporary systems of government).
  3. K.R. Richards, J.V. Zeben (eds.), Policy Instruments in Environmental Law (forthcoming in 2020) (providing a comprehensive guide to environmental policy instruments).
  4. J.M. Scherpe, C. Fenton Glynn, T. Kaan (eds.), Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy (2019) (analysing the approach of 21 different jurisdictions in Eastern and Western countries to surrogacy).
  5. J.N. Stefanelli, Judicial Review of Immigration Detention in the UK, US and EU (2020) (examining judgements issued by the lower courts of two jurisdictions, the UK and the US, concerning detention of immigrants).

Call for Papers and Announcements

  1. The Law and Rights section of the German Political Science association welcomes submissions for their next conference on “Autocratic Constitutionalism” to be held on 28-30 May 2020 at Free University Berlin. Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be submitted by 1 February 2020. 
  2. The International Association of Constitutional Law welcomes proposals addressing “Constitutional Identity: Contemporary Issues and Challenges” for the roundtable that will be held in St. Petersburg (Russia) on 10-13 June 2020. Applicants are required to submit their CV and abstracts in English by  23 March 2020.
  3. The Australian National University (ANU) College of Law will host a conference on 8and 9 December 2020 on “Public Law and Inequalities”. The deadline for abstracts is 2 March 2020.
  4. Law, Technology and Humans, a new international peer-reviewed journal, invites submissions for its Volume 2, Issue 1. The deadline for submission of articles is 10 February 2020.
  5. The University of Bristol Law School will host the 2020 British Association of Comparative Law (BACL) Postgraduate research workshop on Comparative Law on 23 and 24 April 2020. Doctoral students interested in participating should submit an abstract by 14 February 2020.
  6. The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law together with the Tilburg Sustainability Centre will host a workshop in Tilburg University on 10 September 2020 entitled “Enhancing Urban Climate Resilience: the role of law”. Everyone interested can submit an abstract by 2 March 2020.
  7. Forced Migration Review Issue 64 – to be published in June 2020 – will include a feature on human trafficking and smuggling. The deadline for submission of articles is 17 February 2020.

Elsewhere Online

  1. D.R. Cameron, Spanish Supreme Court challenges European Court of Justice over Junqueras immunity, Yale MacMillan Centre
  2. R. Bauböck, Cities vs. States: should urban citizenship be emancipated from nationality?, Verfassungsblog
  3. C. Tecimer, Why the Turkish Constitutional Court’s Wikipedia Decision is no reason to celebrate, Verfassungsblog
  4. J.S. Caird, The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and the Rule of Law, UKCLA
  5. A. Sinclair, J. Tomlinson, Brexit delegated legislation: problematic results, UKCLA
  6. J. Borneman, Threats to public security in EU immigration law: finding the right discretion, EULawBlog
  7. M. Reuchamps, Belgium’s experiment in permanent forms of deliberative democracy, ConstitutionNet
  8. A. Slavov, Bulgaria’s Balancing Act: Judicial and Prosecutorial Independence and Accountability, ConstitutionNet
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Published on January 27, 2020
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