Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Constitutional crisis

  • Ethiopia’s Continuing Constitutional Crisis

    —Berihun Adugna Gebeye, Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg [Editors’ Note: This is one of our biweekly ICONnect columns. For more information on our four columnists for 2021, please see here.] On April 2, 2018 the Ethiopian parliament elected Abiy Ahmed as prime minister.

  • Special Undergraduate Series–COVID-19: The Indian Supreme Court’s Abdication of Constitutional Duty

    Special Series: Perspectives from Undergraduate Law StudentsLL.B. Student Contribution —Prannv Dhawan, National Law School of India University, and Anmol Jain, National Law University, Jodhpur Judicial restraint is necessary in dealing with the powers of another co-ordinate bench of the government; but restraint cannot imply abdication of the responsibility of walking on that edge.

  • To Prorogue or Not: An Implied Constitutional Convention to End a ‘Constitutional Outrage’

    —Theodore Konstadinides, Professor of Law, University of Essex, and Charilaos Nikolaidis, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex What would happen if the Queen decided not to give her assent to a bill properly passed by the Houses of Parliament? The answer is an unstable and dangerous situation – a constitutional confrontation or outrage.

  • The Puerto Rican Summer: Political Upheaval and Constitutional Reassurance

    –Jorge M. Farinacci-Fernós, Assistant Professor, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Law School For the past 15 years, Puerto Rico has been on a permanent economic crisis, with a noticeable increase in austerity, social tension, economic disparity, corruption and political stalemate. In 2017, Puerto Rico suffered its worst natural disaster with hurricanes Irma and María.

  • Why Political Pluralism is Not Enough: Moldova’s Constitutional Crisis

    —William Partlett, Melbourne Law School [Editor’s note: This is one of our biweekly I-CONnect columns. 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.

  • I-CONnect Symposium: The Independence Vote in Catalonia–The Constitutional Crisis of October 1

    [Editor’s Note: This is the third entry in our symposium on Sunday’s independence vote in Catalonia. We are grateful to our convener, Professor Zoran Oklopcic, for assembling an outstanding group of scholars to bring our readers helpful context and analysis during this important moment for the region.

  • Conference Report–International Symposium on “Constitutionalism under Extreme Conditions,” University of Haifa

    –Maja Sahadžić, University of Antwerp On July 18-19 2016, the University of Haifa hosted the International Symposium “Constitutionalism under Extreme Conditions” organized by the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa and Boston College Law School under the auspices of the Israeli Association of Public Law.

  • Of Constitutional Defiance, Migration and Borrowing of Unconstitutional Tactics and European Resistance

    —Tomasz Tadeusz Koncewicz, University of Gdansk Constitutional Defiance The tempo of the attack against democracy in Poland is relentless. On 22 July 2016 the Polish Parliament passed the Law on the Polish Constitutional Court and confirmed that the parliamentary majority lead by Law and Justice party (PiS) is not holding back.

  • Constitutional Court Crisis in Slovakia: Still Far Away from Resolution

    —Tomáš Ľalík, Associate Professor, Comenius University (Bratislava) July 2 marked the second anniversary of incumbent Slovak President Andrej Kiska’s refusal to fill in two vacancies at the Constitutional Court (CC). The CC has been managing its affairs two judges short since then, but the situation deteriorated further this February when the term of a third judge expired.

  • The Democratic Recession and the “New” Public Law: Toward Systematic Analysis

    —Tom Gerald Daly, Associate Director, Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law 2016 thus far has been marked by democratic backsliding and constitutional crises worldwide: European Commission ‘rule of law’ investigations into Polish laws on the Constitutional Tribunal and media;[1] Turkish President Erdoğan’s insistence that he will not comply with decisions of the Constitutional Court or the European Court of Human Rights,[2] combined with accelerated plans for a problematic new constitution;[3] talk of an ‘implosion’ of South Africa’s democratic institutions;[4] a disturbing crackdown on dissent in India;[5] pro-democracy rallies in Brazil against a perceived political coup d’état through impeachment of President Rousseff;[6] and warnings that democracy in the Maldives is on a ‘negative trajectory’.[7]