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Book Review: Francisca Pou Giménez on Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna Erdman and Bernard M. Dickens’s “Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies”

[Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Book Review Series, Francisca Pou Giménez reviews Rebecca J. Cook, Joanna Erdman and Bernard M. Dickens’s Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).] —Francisca Pou Giménez, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) This is an edited book, and an especially mature species of the

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Published on May 17, 2017
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Considering the First Phase of Ireland’s Citizen Assembly

—Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin Last weekend, Ireland’s Citizens’ Assembly issued its recommendations on the first of the topics which the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) asked it to consider: the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. This amendment, which was approved in a referendum in 1983, inserted a new Article 40. 3. 3 into

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Published on April 29, 2017
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I-CONnect Global Symposium: Five Perspectives on the Brazilian Abortion Ruling

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Last month, we announced that I-CONnect would host a special symposium on a recent abortion decision in Brazil. In an historic ruling for the region, the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Brazil held that a criminal prohibition on procuring an abortion before the end of the first trimester violates the fundamental

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Published on March 7, 2017
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Special Announcement: Symposium on Brazilian Abortion Ruling

—Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Late last year, in an historic ruling for the region, the First Chamber of the Supreme Court of Brazil held that a criminal prohibition on procuring an abortion before the end of the first trimester violates the fundamental rights of women as well as the principle of proportionality. Writing for

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Published on February 3, 2017
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Hellerstedt and Standing: A Comparative View

—Stefanus Hendrianto, University of Notre Dame The issue of standing appears to be relatively marginal in comparative constitutional law, because comparative constitutional scholars tend to see standing as a technical issue. For instance, in analyzing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Whole Women’s Health v Hellerstedt,[1]  many legal analysts have missed an important aspect of

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Published on August 24, 2016
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The End of TRAP Laws?

—Fiona de Londras, Professor of Global Legal Studies, Birmingham Law School While all around us people have been floundering in the murky waters that followed the Brexit referendum, the US Supreme Court has been revisiting one of its most contentious issues: abortion. Right at the end of this term the Court handed down its judgment

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Published on July 6, 2016
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The Ongoing Uncertainty over Irish Law on “The Unborn”: A Comment on P.P. and Health Service Executive

–Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin, School of Law Controversy has again arisen over Ireland’s laws on the protection of the unborn following the High Court’s decision a few days ago on Friday that it was permissible to withdraw somatic support from a pregnant woman who had been clinically brain dead for over 3 weeks. The decision

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Published on December 30, 2014
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Legislating Condoms and Other Contraceptives: A Philippine Constitutional Law Perspective

—Mickey Ingles, Ateneo de Manila University College of Law The 1987 Philippine Constitution entrenches interesting provisions that reflect Filipino values. For example, it mandates that the State must protect the life of the unborn child and protect the family as the basic social institution. These two commands are rooted in the country’s deep Catholic tradition

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Published on October 15, 2014
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Liberalizing Abortion in Ireland: The New Legal Framework

–Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Adjunct Lecturer, Democritus University of Thrace The new Irish Law on “Protection of life during pregnancy” acknowledges the potential risk for the pregnant woman’s life as a reason justifying abortion, and represents the greatest evolution regarding the liberalization of abortions in Ireland since the 19th century. The Act, which amended the previously

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Published on August 1, 2013
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Culture War in the Court: Reproductive Health Battle in the Philippines

—Anna Su, Baldy Postdoctoral Fellow, SUNY Buffalo Law School On July 9, 2013, the Philippine Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on a constitutional challenge lodged against the recently-enacted and widely-controversial Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (“RH Law”). Almost eleven years in the making, the new reproductive health statute unsurprisingly encountered vociferous

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Published on July 2, 2013
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