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Now Available: The I·CONnect-Clough Center 2016 Global Review of Constitutional Law

Richard Albert, Boston College Law School and David Landau, Florida State University College of Law

I·CONnect is pleased to partner with the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy to bring you a first-of-it-kind resource: the I·CONnect-Clough Center 2016 Global Review of Constitutional Law (ISBN: 978-0-692-92516-4). The report may be downloaded here for free.

The Global Review of Constitutional Law assembles reports that give readers a detailed but relatively brief overview of constitutional developments and cases in individual jurisdictions during the past calendar year, in this case 2016. Coverage in this first edition of the Global Review includes 44 jurisdictions.

We have carefully selected academic and/or judicial experts as contributors from their respective jurisdictions—and often the reports are co-authored by judges and scholars.

We hope the reports in this first-of-its-kind volume offer readers systematic knowledge that, previously, has been limited mainly to local networks rather than a broader readership. By making this information available to the larger field of public law in an easily digestible format, we aim to increase the base of knowledge upon which scholars and judges can draw. We expect to repeat the project every year with new annual reports, and we hope over time that coverage will grow to an even wider range of countries. We invite scholars and jurists from the presently non-covered jurisdictions to contact us about contributing a report in next year’s Global Review.

We thank our co-editor Simon Drugda for his instrumental role in soliciting these reports, and we thank our many distinguished country authors for producing a high-quality and useful product.

We are especially thankful to our co-editor Pietro Faraguna who, along Michele Massa (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milano) and Diletta Tega (University of Bologna) under the coordination of Marta Cartabia (Vice-President of the Italian Constitutional Court), wrote the first annual review of constitutional law for Italy in 2016. Their review served as a model for others, and we are where we are today because of their model report.

We are grateful to the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College Law School, directed by Vlad Perju, for partnering with us in this project. Since becoming its Director, Vlad Perju has transformed the Clough Center into a leading site in the English-speaking world for the study of constitutions and constitutionalism. We thank him for sharing our vision of the possibilities for this annual volume. We are also extraordinarily grateful to Michelle Muccini of the Clough Center for marshaling her creativity to design this book from cover to cover. She has translated our scholarly content into a beautifully innovative format that has exceeded our every expectation.

Finally, we thank Gráinne de Búrca and Joseph Weiler, Co-Editors-in-Chief of I·CON, for publishing several of these outstanding contributions in the journal itself.

We invite comments and inquiries to either of us via email at

The I·CONnect-Clough Center 2016 Global Review of Constitutional Law (ISBN: 978-0-692-92516-4) is available for free here.


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