The Indian Constitution through the Lens of Power – I: The Union and the States
—Gautam Bhatia, Advocate, New Delhi and independent legal scholar [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2023 columnists, see here.] In his book, Latin American Constitutionalism, Roberto Gargarella calls upon scholars of constitutional law to focus upon the “engine room” of the Constitution: i.e.,
States’ Reactions to COVID-19 Pandemic: An Overview of the Belgian Case
–Frédéric Bouhon, Andy Jousten, Xavier Miny, and Emmanuel Slautsky. Corresponding Author: Emmanuel Slautsky (Emmanuel.Slautsky@ulb.be) For the past weeks, national and international news has been dominated by a single subject: a large part of the world is affected by the pandemic of the infectious disease called Covid-19, which is due to the spread of a coronavirus.
Malaysian Federal-State Relations Post GE14
[Editor’s Note: This is the third entry in our symposium on “Constitutional Implications of the Malaysian Tsunami.” The introduction to the symposium is available here.] —Jaclyn L. Neo, National University of Singapore[*] The Malaysian constitution does not have a preamble. The first article of the constitution simply states that “[t]he Federation shall be known, in Malay and in English, by the name Malaysia.”
Conference Report–Symposium on “The Constitution of Canada: History, Evolution, Influence, and Reform”
—Asress Gikay, Matteo Monti, and Orlando Scarcello, Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa (SSSA)–Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy On May 24, 2017, the Institute of Law, Politics and Development (Istituto di Diritto, Politica e Sviluppo) [DIRPOLIS] of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies hosted a symposium on “The Constitution of Canada: History, Evolution, Influence & Reform”, on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and in memory of Prof.
The Italian Constitutional Challenge: An Overview of the Upcoming Referendum
—Lorenza Violini, Full Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Milan, and Antonia Baraggia, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Milan As it is well known, Italy is in the midst of a great constitutional reform, which–if approved by the referendum that will be held on December 4th–will modify 47 Articles of the Constitution (corresponding to 33% of the whole Constitution).
Developments in Belgian Constitutional Law: The Year 2015 in Review
[Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment in our Year-in-Review series. We welcome similar reports from scholars around the world on their own jurisdictions for publication on I-CONnect. Earlier year-in-review reports have been published on Italy, the Slovak Republic and Romania.
Conference Report–Symposium on “State Constitutional Change,” University of Arkansas School of Law
—Jonathan Marshfield, University of Arkansas School of Law On January 22, 2016, the Arkansas Law Review hosted a symposium on State Constitutional Change: Traditions, Trends, and Theory at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I convened the symposium along with Richard Albert (Boston College).
Nepal: Agree to (have the Supreme Court) Disagree
—Vikram Aditya Narayan, Advocate, Supreme Court of India Until a couple of decades ago, federalism was nothing more than an academic subject in Nepal. However, it has now become a political reality, with the Parliament/Constituent Assembly deliberating over the manner in which Nepal can and should transform itself under the new Constitution.
Taking Aim at Cooperative Federalism: The Long-Gun Registry Decision by the Supreme Court of Canada
—Johanne Poirier[*], Université libre de Bruxelles On March 27, 2015, a highly divided Supreme Court of Canada rendered a momentous ruling which reveals a severe divergence on the nature of Canadian contemporary federalism. The tight 5 to 4 decision also underlines a different conception of the role of the judicial branch regarding the defence and promotion of cooperative behaviour by public authorities, principally the legislative branch, under Canadian constitutional law.