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