Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Belgium

  • Belgian Constitutional Court Upholds the “Essential Elements” of Power Sharing Deal

    —Stefan Graziadei, University of Antwerp The former Belgian Prime Minister Jean Luc Dehaene found Belgium to be a schizophrenic country.[i] He argued that while for Dutch speakers (known as ‘Flemings’) the Belgian polity and its constitutional law are underpinned by the territoriality principle, for French speakers the personality principle was dominant.

  • Should Prisoners Have the Right to Assisted Suicide?

    —Michèle Finck, University of Oxford Recently, a Belgian inmate, convicted of murder and rape, received a lethal injection. Most Europeans would feel nothing short of a shock when reading these lines. After all, the death penalty has been abolished in most European States in the aftermath of WWII, and is now outlawed by Protocol No.