Volume 21, number 1 Editorial: Israel: Cry, the beloved country; In this issue Editorial Reflection Günter Frankenberg, Constituting the negative globality of fear I•CON Foreword Sergio Verdugo, Is it time to abandon the theory of constituent power? Articles David Kosař and Katarína Šipulová, Comparative court-packing Focus: Poland and Hungary Zoltán Szente, The myth of populist constitutionalism in Hungary and Poland: Populist or authoritarian constitutionalism?
In this issue; Guest Editorial: Islands and ocean: Public law and international legal ordering in Oceania; 10 good reads 2022 In this issue In his Guest Editorial, which readers will find directly after this section, Guy Fiti Sinclair, member of the ICON•S 2023 organizing committee, explores some of the themes of the forthcoming ICON•S conference on “Islands and Oceans: Public Law in a Plural World.”
Tina Nicole Nelly Youan, PhD Candidate at Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 Université Leigha Crout, PhD Candidate at King’s College London & William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in public law.
–Antonio Moreira Maués, Federal University of Para During the 2022 elections, another actor stood out in Brazil in addition to the candidates and political parties: the Superior Electoral Court. Part of this prominence was due to the behavior of the President of the Republic and candidate for reelection, Jair Bolsonaro.
—Irene Spigno, Academia Interamericana de Derechos Humanos How to make States compliant with their legal obligations with reference to international human rights law (henceforth IHRL)? The volume edited by Rainer Grote, Mariela Morales Antoniazzi, and Davide Paris tries to give an answer to this crucial question, with important practical implications regarding the effectiveness of human rights protection, especially in consideration of the fact that one of the main weaknesses of IHRL is the lack of solid and robust mechanisms forcing States to comply with their international obligations.
[Editor’s Note: I-CONnect is pleased to feature a symposium on Constitutional Ethnography. This is the seventh entry of the symposium, which was kindly organized by Deepa Das Acevedo. The introduction is available here]. —Marianne Constable, University of Alabama. Decades ago, U.S. political scientist and administrative law professor Martin Shapiro advised his students to study “any court but the Supreme Court; any law but con law.”
[Editor’s Note: I-CONnect is pleased to feature a symposium on Constitutional Ethnography. This is the sixth entry of the symposium, which was kindly organized by Deepa Das Acevedo. The introduction is available here]. —John Conley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Revisiting Constitutional Ethnography eighteen years after its publication has prompted me to think about what the paper—and the method it advocates—has meant for both the study of law and the practice of anthropology.
—Francisco Soto Barrientos, Professor, and Benjamín Alemparte, Researcher, University of Chile [Editor’s Note: Professor Soto is a member of the Expert Commission, while Mr. Alemparte is serving as his advisor.] The remarkable level of almost unanimous consent in the approval of a new constitution’s draft by Chile’s Expert Commission is an unprecedented case in the country’s constitution-making history.
–Silvio Roberto Vinceti, Research Fellow (Post-Doc), Department of Law, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia 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.
–Adwaldo Lins Peixoto Neto, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Presidential impeachment is a democratic but turbulent instrument of removing presidents who committed misdeeds without breaking the political and democratic system. In Ecuador, this institution has now worked adequately under the last constitution, and the Constitution promulgated in 2008 set a new institutional design for impeachment.
—Teresa Violante, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2023 columnists, see here.] Universal conscientious objection in the health sector challenges the provision of legally guaranteed services, thus possibly jeopardizing the right to health of affected persons.
—Claudia Marchese, Research Fellow in Comparative Public Law at the University of Sassari, Italy Developments in Constitutional Courts By its decision no. 2023-850 DC of 17 May 2023, the French Constitutional Council gave its opinion on the law relating to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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