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Tag: freedom of expression

  • Academic Freedom Must be Protected in Brazil

    —Emilio Peluso Neder Meyer and Thomas da Rosa de Bustamante, Federal University of Minas Gerais and Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Brazil is quickly becoming a hallmark of constitutional and democratic erosion. While President Bolsonaro engages in a radical attack on the electoral procedures and electronic ballots (which lacks any kind of evidence and prompted an investigation in the Superior Electoral Court), restrictions on academic freedom are on the rise.

  • Symposium |Constitutional Struggles in Asia | Part IV | The Hong Kong National Security Law: Challenging Constitutionalism in Hong Kong and Abroad

    [Editor’s Note: In light of recent constitutional (or some may say, unconstitutional) developments, I-CONnect is pleased to feature this timely symposium examining constitutional struggles in Asia. This is part IV of a five part series, in addition to the Introduction.] — Eva Pils, The Dickson Pool School of Law, King’s College London On 30 June 2020, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress enacted the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong S.A.R

  • Undemocratic Legislation to Undermine Freedom of Speech in Brazil

    —Ulisses Levy Silvério dos Reis, The Federal University of the Semi-Arid Region – UFERSA, and Emilio Peluso Neder Meyer, The Federal University of Minas Gerais The 2018 general elections put the Brazilian political scenario in the center of the global debate on illiberal governments and democratic erosion.

  • JHH Weiler, Co-Editor in Chief, in Conversation with Professor Wojciech Sadurski

    —J.H.H. Weiler, Co-Editor in Chief, ICON, and Wojciech Sadurski, University of Sydney One of the more ‘elegant’ ways of restricting freedom of political speech and academic freedom is to use libel and defamation laws. It has increasingly become the weapon of choice of various political actors and regimes.

  • The Return of the Sovereign: A Look at the Rule of Law in Hungary – and in Europe

    —Renata Uitz, Central European University [Cross-posted from, and initially published on, Verfassungsblog] Spring arrived in Budapest with sunshine, magnolias in full bloom, hordes of stag partiers from the U.K. – and a sovereign ready to fight against foreign invaders by legal means.

  • Russian Supreme Court Quashes Conviction of Ildar Dadin

    –Dimitry Mednikov, Litigation Unit, Institute for Law and Public Policy On 22 February 2017, the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation (hereinafter – “Supreme Court of Russia”), enforcing the judgment of the Constitutional Court of Russia (hereinafter – “RCC”) of 10 February 2017 No.

  • The Case of the Rajasthan Panchayats and the Right to Contest

    Special Series: Perspectives from Undergraduate Law Students B.A/LL.B. (Hons) Student Contribution –Vasujith Ram, National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata; Editor of the Journal of Indian Law and Society The Ordinances No. 1 & 2 of 2014 passed by the Governor of Rajasthan have received a barrage of criticism ever since their passage and notification on December 20, 2014.

  • On the Tight Rope: The Turkish Constitutional Court and the Balbay Case

    —Basak Cali, Koç University Law School It is well-known political science knowledge that domestic high courts strive for simultaneous sources of legitimacy. On the one hand, courts seek political legitimacy from governing political elites. On the other they seek legal legitimacy from lower rank domestic courts, other high courts, lawyers and domestic the judicial community in general.

  • Golden Dawn Party Faces Prosecution

    –Christina M. Akrivopoulou, Appeals Asylum Authority, Greece One of the most important recent events in Greece has been the attempt to prosecute the far-right Golden Dawn party. The ongoing prosecution raises important questions about the proper limits of toleration for ultra-nationalist, racist parties in a democracy.

  • Freedom of Expression or Freedom from Electoral Unfairness?: The ECHR Upholds a Ban on Political Advertising

    —Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin The decision in Animal Defenders International v. U.K. represents the European Court of Human Rights’ latest effort to resolve the contentious and long-running debate about the compatibility of a prohibition on political advertising with the protection afforded to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.