Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Special Announcement: I-CONnect Columnists for 2018

David Landau, Florida State University College of Law

The editors of I-CONnect are pleased to announce our new slate of columnists for 2018: Jaclyn Neo, James Fowkes, Francisca Pou Giménez, and Renata Uitz. We are confident that they will provide a diverse and fascinating set of voices, representing a range of regional and substantive areas of focus, for the coming year.

We would also like to give thanks to our inaugural group of 2017 columnists — Aslı Bâli, Menaka Guruswamy, Javier Couso, and Tom Gerald Daly. We are grateful to each of these terrific scholars for agreeing to serve as columnists last year, and think you will agree that they added an immense amount to the blog.

The format of the columns will stay the same as last year. The goal is to provide ICONnect with regular contributors who have a distinctive voice and unique perspective on public law. Columns, while scholarly in accordance with the tone of the blog and about the same length as a normal blog post, are a bit more “op-ed” in nature than standard posts.

Each columnist will produce one column every two months, and therefore the blog will run a column roughly once every two weeks. The initial schedule will be as follows, with the schedule then repeating in March and every other month thereafter:

First half of January: Jaclyn Neo

Second half of January: James Fowkes

First half of February: Francisca Pou Giménez

Second half of February: Renata Uitz

Although we expect that many of our readers already know their work, we append brief bios for each of our new columnists below. Please join us in welcoming them to I-CONnect!

Jaclyn L. Neo is an Assistant Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She specializes in constitutional law and human rights. She was a recipient of two graduate scholarships from NUS under which she completed her Masters of Law (LL.M.) and Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) at Yale Law School. Jaclyn is an Executive Committee member of the NUS Centre for Asian Legal Studies and was also recently appointed to the editorial boards of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law and the Asian Yearbook of International Law. Jaclyn has delivered papers and lectures by invitation at numerous universities the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Chile, and Vietnam. She was recently a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow with the ARC Laureate Project in Comparative Constitutional Law at Melbourne Law School. Jaclyn is the sole editor of a recently published volume on Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2017). Her articles have been published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I-CON), Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. Her article on domestic incorporation of international human rights law in a dualist state won the Asian Yearbook of International Law’s DILA International Law Prize. She was also recently awarded the 2016 SHAPE-SEA Research Award in recognition of her research on human rights, especially religious freedom, in Southeast Asia.

James Fowkes is Professor of Foreign and International Law at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany. He holds law degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and Yale Law School, and was law clerk at the South African Constitutional Court in 2008. He is the author of Building the Constitution: The Practice of Constitutional Interpretation in post-Apartheid South Africa (CUP, 2016) and, with Susan Rose-Ackerman and Stefanie Egidy, Due Process of Lawmaking: The United States, South Africa, Germany, and the European Union (CUP, 2015). James currently serves on the editorial boards of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law and the journal Verfassung und Recht in Übersee (VRÜ): Law and Politics in Africa, Asia & Latin America. He has held fellowships and taught on three continents, most recently as a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa. His research interests, unwisely, tend be to be about comparative law defined as broadly as possible, and has been known both to occasionally speak in German and occasionally be quiet in English.

Francisca Pou Giménez teaches Constitutional Law at ITAM in Mexico City. She joined ITAM in 2011, after clerking several years at the Mexican Supreme Court. She is the editor of Isonomía, a peer-review legal theory journal, and serves on the board of several other academic journals in Latin America. She is also on the Board of Directors of SELA, a long-standing north-south academic enterprise launched two decades ago by the Yale Law School and more than twenty Latin American universities which has played a crucial role in the generation of new legal thinking and teaching in the region. She holds a Doctorate and a Master’s Degree from the Yale Law School and a Law Degree and a Doctoral Research Certification in Public Law from Pompeu Fabra University in Spain.

Professor Pou’s scholarship revolves around a familiar trilogy: courts, constitutions and rights. She has published articles and book chapters exploring four main areas: constitutional amendment and other modalities of constitutional change; Mexican constitutionalism in comparative perspective; judicial review and courts, with special interest for comparative institutional design and the relation between design and performance; and fundamental rights, particularly equality, freedom of speech, sexual and reproductive rights (she belongs to Red Alas), language rights, and the issues raised  by the opening of constitutions to international human rights law. She has been invited to teach in Colombia, Argentina, Belarus and Italy, and is a regular speaker in academic events in Latin America. She tries to save some time for translation, an activity that she loves. She has translated into Spanish constitutional scholarship by Jamal Greene, Mitch Berman and Owen Fiss, and is now kept entertained by Rose-Ackerman and Palifka’s magna opera on corruption and government.

 Renáta Uitz is professor of comparative constitutional law at Central European University (CEU). She started teaching at CEU in 2001, and became chair of the Comparative Constitutional Law program in 2007. Her teaching covers subjects in comparative constitutional law in Europe and North America, and human rights protection with special emphasis on the enforcement of constitutional rights and on issues of bodily privacy and sexuality. Theories and practices of good government in and after transition, questions of personal autonomy and equality, including religious liberty and LGBT rights, are at the center of her research interests. She is the author of Constitutions, Courts and History (2004) and Freedom of Religion in European Constitutional and International Case Law (2007). More recently she edited Arguments that Work: Strategies, Contexts and Limits in Constitutional Law (2013); Religion in the Public Square: Perspectives on Secularism (2014); Freedom and Its Enemies: The Tragedy of Liberty (2015).


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