Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

  • What’s New in Public Law

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    —Nicola Abate, Ph.D. Candidate in Law at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in public law. “Developments” may include a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, and blog posts from around the public law blogosphere. To […]

  • Local Authorities as Guarantors of the Rule of Law: Recent Developments in the Council of Europe

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    —Tania Groppi, Università degli Studi di Siena [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2024 columnists, see here.] Local government is usually absent from the theoretical debates on the pillars of constitutional law, such as human rights, separation of powers, rule of law. “Which branch of government should we […]

  • Feminist Constitutionalism: Part VI — The Woman as Subject of Fundamental Rights in the Jurisprudence of the Brazilian Supreme Court

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    This is the sixth essay in a special eight-part series on Feminist Constitutionalism, organized by Melina Girardi Fachin, as part of the project ‘Transforming Judicial Outcomes for Women in Canada and Brazil,’ which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). For more information about Feminist Constitutionalism, please contact Melina […]

  • Feminist Constitutionalism: Part V – From Paper to Reality: Implementing Feminist Constitutional Principles

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    This is the fifth essay in a special eight-part series on Feminist Constitutionalism, organized by Melina Girardi Fachin, as part of the project ‘Transforming Judicial Outcomes for Women in Canada and Brazil,’ which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). For more information about Feminist Constitutionalism, please contact Melina […]

  • Feminist Constitutionalism: Part IV – Breaking Barriers: Women’s Rights in Global Constitutions

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    This is the fourth essay in a special eight-part series on Feminist Constitutionalism, organized by Melina Girardi Fachin as part of the project ‘Transforming Judicial Outcomes for Women in Canada and Brazil’, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). For more information about Feminist Constitutionalism, please email Melina […]

  • The Role of a Judge in an Electoral Autocracy

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    —Aparna Chandra, Associate Professor of Law and M. K. Nambyar Chair Professor on Constitutional Law, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2024 columnists, see here.] The Autocrats’ Playbook This is the year of elections. Sixty-four countries, representing over forty-five percent of […]

  • The Perils of Presidentialism (and the Lessons of the United States)

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    —Miguel Schor, Professor of Law, Associate Director of the Drake University Constitutional Law Center, and the Class of 1977 Distinguished Scholar [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2024 columnists, see here.] Presidentialism has a comparatively poor democratic track record. In a famous essay entitled “The Perils of Presidentialism” […]

  • Symposium | Feminist Constitutionalism: Part III – How Feminist Constitutionalism Embraces Diversity: Challenging Quebec’s Bill 21

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    This is the third essay in a special eight-part series on Feminist Constitutionalism, organized by Melina Girardi Fachin, as part of the project ‘Transforming Judicial Outcomes for Women in Canada and Brazil,’ which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). For more information about Feminist Constitutionalism, please contact Melina […]

  • Symposium | Feminist Constitutionalism: Part II – Multilevel: The Impact of Feminism in Constitutional Debates

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    This is the second essay in a special eight-part series on Feminist Constitutionalism, organized by Melina Girardi Fachin as part of the project ‘Transforming Judicial Outcomes for Women in Canada and Brazil’, which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). For more information about Feminist Constitutionalism, please contact Melina […]

  • Symposium | Feminist Constitutionalism: Part I – The Rise of Feminist Constitutionalism: Shaping the Future Through the Lens of Equality

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    This is the inaugural essay in a special eight-part series on Feminist Constitutionalism, organized by Melina Girardi Fachin, as part of the project ‘Transforming Judicial Outcomes for Women in Canada and Brazil,’ which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). For more information about Feminist Constitutionalism, please contact Melina […]

  • ICON-S “New Scholarship Showcase”

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    New Scholarship Showcase is a brand new format promoted by the ICON-S Committee on “New Directions in Scholarship”. We will periodically invite a public law scholar to discuss his or her newly published book. Our inaugural edition of this new format features Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional […]

  • The Indian Constitution through the Lens of Power – VI: Rights

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    —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.] The previous five posts in this series have examined the Indian Constitution as a terrain of contestation around five axes of power: federalism, legislative/executive relations, pluralism, guarantor institutions, and […]

  • The Indian Constitution through the Lens of Power – V: The People

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    —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.] The previous four posts in this series have examined the Indian Constitution as a terrain of contestation around three axes of power: federalism, legislative/executive relations, pluralism, and guarantor institutions. In this penultimate […]

  • The 2022 I·CONnect Global Review of Constitutional Law | Report on Mexico

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    —Alfonso Herrera García, Professor of Constitutional Law, Universidad Panamericana (Mexico City); Irene Spigno, General Director, Inter-American Academy of Human Rights; Mauro Arturo Rivera León, Assistant Professor, University of Silesia in Katowice I. INTRODUCTION On November 7, 2022, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) issued the judgment in the case of Tzompaxtle Tecpile et al. […]

  • The Proper Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Transitional Justice Processes: the case of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission 

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    –Temelso Gashaw, Inter-Party Dialogue Coordination Expert at the National Election Board of Ethiopia  Recently, Dr. Abadir M. Ibrahim published a thought-provoking article titled “The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission: A Champion of Transitional Justice?” on Harvard Human Rights Reflections.  This blog post aims to defend fairly broad objections to Dr. Abadir’s article.  It attempts to take arguments opened up in […]

  • The Indian Constitution through the Lens of Power – IV: Guarantor Institutions

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    —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.] The previous three posts in this series have examined the Indian Constitution as a terrain of contestation around three axes of power: federalism, legislative/executive relations, and pluralism. In this […]

  • Transnational Constitutional Dialogues: Searching for New Songs of Freedom

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    —João Vitor Cardoso, Universidad de Chile [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2023 columnists, see here.] In The Black Jacobins, James (1989, 317)  recounts an absolutely dramatic scene as part of a confrontation between the French Army and the people of Haiti: “The [French] soldiers still thought of […]

  • The Indian Constitution through the Lens of Power – III: Asymmetric Federalism

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    —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 my previous two columns, I examined the Indian Constitution as a terrain of contestation across two axes of power: the centre-state [“federal”] axis, and the legislature-executive [“parliamentary”] axis. […]

  • The Indian Constitution through the Lens of Power – II: The Legislature and the Executive

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      —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 the opening post of this series, I proposed  an approach to the Indian Constitution that views it as a terrain of contestation between different – and opposed […]

  • Constituent Power as a Circuit of Affections

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    —João Vitor Cardoso, Universidad de Chile [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2023 columnists, see here.] This column offers a discussion about moving beyond theoretical abstractions and exploring the tangible manifestations of constituent power in real-world contexts. By distinguishing between defining constituent power and identifying its empirical manifestation, […]