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ICON Volume 18, Issue 2: Editorial

Orbán and the self-asphyxiation of democracy; Publishers, academics and the battles over copyright and your rights, Part I; Festschrift? ‘That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow! That is the whole Torah; the rest is interpretation’ (from the Elder Hillel in Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a); In this issue Orbán and the

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Published on August 2, 2020
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COVID-19 and the Bound Executive

—Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago, and Mila Versteeg, University of Virginia The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a wide variety of governmental responses as it makes its way around the globe, and scholars have been tracking them from many different angles. In a new paper, we argue that the pandemic response should modify our understanding about

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Published on May 26, 2020
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Human Rights in Africa in the Context of Covid-19

–Sean Molloy, Research Associate, Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University In response to Covid-19, countries across Africa are declaring a state of emergency (these include Botswana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Botswana, Ethiopia and Senegal, to name a few). Doing so allows the authorities, in times of urgent necessity, to take actions necessary to safeguard national security, maintain

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Published on May 1, 2020
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The Role of Constitutional Justice in Times of Crisis: The Case of Ecuador

—Andrés Cervantes, Pompeu Fabra University As I write these lines, I am thinking about the complex situation that Ecuador is currently facing because of the national emergency declared over the aggressive progression of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, some of the thoughts expressed here may be also relevant to other Latin-American nations as the Global South

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Published on April 22, 2020
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How COVID-19 Unveils the True Autocrats: Viktor Orbán’s Ermächtigungsgesetz

—Gábor Halmai, European University Institute At a conference held at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London on 20-21 May 1967, Isaiah Berlin used the term ‘false’ populism, defining it as “the employment of populist ideas for the ends other than those which the populist desired. That is to say –

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Published on April 1, 2020
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COVID-19 and the Basic Law: On the (Un)suitability of the German Constitutional “Immune System”

—Pierre Thielbörger, Professor, and Benedikt Behlert, Research Associate and PhD student, both at Institute for the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV); Ruhr-Universität Bochum  [Editor’s Note: This is a translation of a German-language post from Verfassungsblog, which can be found here. Translation by the authors, who thank Vanessa Bliecke and Rouven Diekjobst for

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Published on March 20, 2020
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The Hamartia of the Constitutional Court of Turkey: Part I

— Dr. Ali Acar, Ph.D. in Law, European University Institute Introduction The dismissals of so many academics by an emergency decree in early February has sparked, once again, a public debate concerning the controversial judgments of the Constitutional Court of Turkey delivered on October 12, 2016, which dealt with the emergency decrees adopted after the

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Published on March 30, 2017
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On Abusive Constitutionalism: Two Critical Impulses

—Jorge González-Jácome, Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia The relationship between constitutionalism and authoritarianism is not simple. Some might argue that they are opposing concepts but a very suggestive article by David Landau has coined the term abusive constitutionalism to refer to the use of tools of constitutional amendment and constitutional replacement used by would-be autocrats to

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Published on June 11, 2015
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