—Simon Drugda, PhD Candidate at the University of Copenhagen The Slovak Parliament recently passed a legislative rider to extend the length of the silence period, which prohibits publication of opinion polls before an election. Slovak electoral rules had previously prohibited political campaigning and the publication of opinion polls 14 days before an election taking place.
—Max Steuer, Comenius University The failed petition of the Slovak Attorney General to ban the far-right Kotleba: People’s Party Our Slovakia received wide domestic and international coverage. Legal developments in early 2019 that might have influenced the Supreme Court ruling in the case, however, did not attract attention. In January, the Slovak Constitutional Court invalidated
—Simon Drugda, PhD Candidate at the University of Copenhagen On March 28, 2019, the Slovak Parliament amended the Constitution to cap the retirement age at 64. The imposition of retirement age is quite an unusual design feature in comparative constitutional law. In this post, I introduce the amendment and provide context for the change.
Book Review: Raul A. Sanchez-Urribarri on David Kosař’s “Perils of Judicial Self-Government in Transitional Societies”
[Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Book Review Series, Raul A. Sanchez-Urribarri reviews David Kosař’s book on Perils of Judicial Self-Government in Transitional Societies (Cambridge 2016)] –Raul A. Sanchez-Urribarri, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Legal Studies, La Trobe University One of the key ideals driving judicial reform agendas is judicial independence. Countless resources have been dedicated to safeguarding judges’
Book Review: Andrew Roberts on Anna Fruhstorfer and Michael Hein’s “Constitutional Politics in Central and Eastern Europe: From Post-Socialist Transition to the Reform of Political Systems”
[Editor’s Note: In this installment of I•CONnect’s Book Review Series, Andrew Roberts reviews Anna Fruhstorfer and Michael Hein’s book on Constitutional Politics in Central and Eastern Europe: From Post-Socialist Transition to the Reform of Political Systems (Springer 2016)] —Andrew Roberts, Northwestern University The fall of communism gave rise to a wave of theorizing about constitutionalism. Western experts
—Michal Ovádek, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven On 31 May 2017, six days before a parliament imposed deadline and 19 years after the fact, the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic (CC) upheld constitutional changes which annulled amnesties introduced by the former strongman prime minister and acting president Vladimír Mečiar (‘Mečiar’s
—Tomáš Ľalík, Associate Professor, Comenius University (Bratislava) July 2 marked the second anniversary of incumbent Slovak President Andrej Kiska’s refusal to fill in two vacancies at the Constitutional Court (CC). The CC has been managing its affairs two judges short since then, but the situation deteriorated further this February when the term of a third judge