Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law


  • The Representation of Women in National High Courts: A “Quota Revolution” in the Making?

    —Teresa Violante, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Women’s meaningful representation in the judiciary has gained visibility in national and international fora.  Still, women remain under-represented in the top echelons of the judiciary. Although international courts have traditionally been the focus of attention for initiatives to counter the low percentage of women occupying judicial posts, more recently national courts have also come under the purview of gender requirements.

  • Abortion and Selective Conscientious Objection

    —Teresa Violante, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg [Editor’s Note: This is one of our ICONnect columns. For more on our 2023 columnists, see here.] Universal conscientious objection in the health sector challenges the provision of legally guaranteed services, thus possibly jeopardizing the right to health of affected persons.

  • Special Undergraduate Series–Using International Law in Indian Constitutional Adjudication

    Special Series: Perspectives from Undergraduate Law Students LL.B. Student Contribution –Shubhangi Agarwalla, B.A., LL.B. Student (Hons.), National Law University, Delhi Since the late 1970s, the Supreme Court has, on the basis of Article 51 of the Constitution of India, started articulating a sense of obligation towards applying international law in its decisions.

  • UN Treaty Body Views and their Domestic Legal Effects (in Spain): An Alternative Take

    –Başak Çalı, Professor of International Law, Hertie School of Governance, Editor in Chief, Oxford Reports on UN Human Rights Treaty Body Views A recent post on I-CONnect by Viljam Engström discussed the Spanish Supreme Court judgment on the domestic legal effects of the views of the CEDAW Committee in the case of González v Spain.

  • The Right to Enter Places of Worship: When God is Neutral, is Gender Discrimination Justified?

    —Radhika Agarwal and Devika Agarwal, Research Associates at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India “God does not discriminate between men and women, so why should there be gender discrimination in the premises of the temple?” The Supreme Court of India posed a pertinent question to the Travancore Devaswom Board, while hearing a recently-filed petition on the constitutional right of women to enter the Sabarimala Temple in the Indian state of Kerala.