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ICON Volume 19, Issue 2: Editorial

Editorial: The unequal impact of the pandemic on scholars with care responsibilities: What can journals (and others) do?; Guest Editorial: Constitutional innovations: Tackling incumbency advantage/abuse; In this issue The unequal impact of the pandemic on scholars with care responsibilities: What can journals (and others) do? COVID-19 has been devastating in all sorts of ways for

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Published on August 7, 2021
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Pre-departure tests for Singapore citizens returning home: possibly constitutionally tricky in theory, but not in practice

—Benjamin Joshua Ong, Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University Introduction Can a state require that its own citizens may only enter upon production of a test result showing that they are not infected with COVID-19? Albania, Greece, Australia, Samoa, India, the Netherlands, and Cyprus have taken such measures at one time or another. On

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Published on August 4, 2021
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Emergency Law in Spain: the Spanish Constitutional Court’s case law

—Germán M. Teruel Lozano, Lecturer in Constitutional Law, University of Murcia When the Constitution reached its twenty-fifth anniversary, back in 2003, Professor Cruz Villalón highlighted the period of “constitutional normality” that we had lived through. In recent years, that normality has been disturbed by some turbulences that have forced the activation of some exceptional mechanisms

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Published on July 22, 2021
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Disinformation, Digital Platforms and COVID-19: Making State Agents Accountable in Brazil

—Fabrício Bertini Pasquot Polido and Emilio Peluso Neder Meyer, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) Brazil faces the most critical moment of the COVID-19 pandemic since its beginning in 2020. Death tolls soared to new highs – with more than 300,000 deaths by the end of March 2021 – and the National Public Health System

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Published on March 26, 2021
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Democracy on Hold? Framing the Debate on the BARMM Transition in the Philippines

—Armi Beatriz E. Bayot, University of Oxford Faculty of Law [Editors’ Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns. For more information on our four columnists for 2021, please see here.] When the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) took over as interim government of the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in 2019,

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Published on February 10, 2021
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Ethiopia’s Continuing Constitutional Crisis

—Berihun Adugna Gebeye, Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg [Editors’ Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns. For more information on our four columnists for 2021, please see here.] On April 2, 2018 the Ethiopian parliament elected Abiy Ahmed as prime minister. This was

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Published on January 27, 2021
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Malaysia’s Game of Thrones amid a Pandemic: Constitutional Implications and Political Significance of the State of Emergency

—Dian A H Shah, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law The old Malay proverb “terlepas dari mulut buaya, masuk ke mulut harimau” (literally translated as “out of the crocodile’s mouth, into the tiger’s mouth”) seems to be an apt description for Malaysia in the new year. The government, having just re-implemented stricter restrictions in

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Published on January 17, 2021
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Acting (or Not Acting) on (Lawful or Unlawful) Advice in Malaysia: From Windsor to Kuantan and Back Again

—Andrew Harding, Centre for Asian Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore As has been previously noted in this blog, Malaysia has been undergoing an unprecedented period of political instability that has tested the interpretation and implementation of many constitutional provisions, especially those relating to the appointment and dismissal of governments.[1] In this

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Published on November 20, 2020
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Election Anxiety: The Other Global Pandemic

—Andrea Scoseria Katz, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law [Editor’s note: This is one of our biweekly I-CONnect columns. For more information about our four columnists for 2020, please click here.] On Monday, three days before Thursday’s televised encounter between U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential

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Published on October 21, 2020
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ICON Editorial – A Modest Proposal on Zoom Teaching

—J.H.H. Weiler, NYU School of Law; Co-Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON) No preliminaries are necessary here. One result of Covid-19 has been a shift to online teaching by Zoom (or similar platforms). In some law faculties all teaching is online. In most faculties most teaching is online with some hybrid teaching, and in

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Published on October 13, 2020
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