Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: coup d’etat

  • The Coup d’État that Wasn’t. Does the Latest Revolt in Bolivia Reveal Limitations of a Concept or the Failure of Scholars Using it?

    —Franz Xavier Barrios-Suvelza, Erfurt University  The latest events in Bolivia unleashed a vivid polemic in the media on whether the unconventional interruption of Evo Morales’ mandate as of this 10th of November was a coup d’État. I claim that the Bolivian case reveals the need to rethink whether the category coup d’État can be reasonably applied to cases in which the ruler being ousted has himself broken constitutional rules.

  • Striking a Difficult Balance: Transitional Justice, Lustration Laws, and Human Rights

    —Adem Kassie Abebe, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law Burkina Faso has witnessed two coup d’états in less than twelve months. The first was a popular overthrow of the former president, Blaise Compaore, who was forced out of power in a popular ‘democratic’ coup after demonstrators stormed parliament on 24 October 2014.

  • Egypt: Democratic Coup?

    The ongoing situation in Egypt calls to mind Ozan Varol’s article in the Harvard International Law Journal on The Democratic Coup d’Etat, itself motivated in part by the 2011 coup against Mubarak.  Varol’s argument in a nutshell is that, simply, that there are coups and then there are coups. 

  • The Military, Constitutional Democracy, and Egypt

    —Ozan Varol, Lewis & Clark Law School [Editors’ Note: In this forum on Egypt and New Perspectives on Constitution-Making, three young scholars of comparative constitutional law – Ozan Varol, Will Partlett, and David Landau – discuss their recent work on constitution-making and democratic transitions, focusing on Egypt.