Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: German Basic Law

  • Developments in German Constitutional Law: The Year 2016 in Review

    Editor’s Note: Today we publish the 2016 report on German constitutional law, which appears in the larger 44-country 2016 Global Review of Constitutional Law. The entire 2016 Global Review is now available in a smaller file size for downloading and emailing: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3014378.

  • Virtual Book Review Roundtable: “Unfit for Democracy” Featuring Stephen Gottlieb, Peter Quint and Dana Schmalz

    —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this latest edition of our virtual book review roundtable series here at I-CONnect, Peter Quint and Dana Schmalz comment on Stephen Gottlieb’s new book entitled Unfit for Democracy: The Roberts Court and the Breakdown of American Politics, published earlier this year by New York University Press.

  • I-CONnect Video Interview Series: Jean-Philippe Derosier on National Limits to European Integration

    –Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this latest installment of our video interview series at I-CONnect, I interview Jean-Philippe Derosier on the subject of national constitutional limits to European Integration. The subject of our discussion is his recent book, published in May 2015, entitled “Les limites constitutionnelles à l’intégration européenne,” a comparative study of limits that the French, German and Italian Constitutions establish to European integration.

  • Human Dignity in Obergefell v. Hodges

    —Michèle Finck, Fellow, London School of Economics, and Lecturer, Keble College, University of Oxford. Human dignity is currently somewhat of a buzzword in constitutional and human rights studies. While resonating well on an intuitive level, the concept is however tricky to define in legal terms – underlining the conceptual vagueness or flexibility that characterizes it.

  • The “New” German Teacher Headscarf Decision

    —Claudia E. Haupt, Columbia Law School The German Federal Constitutional Court last week published its opinion in the “new” teacher headscarf case (available here in German, English language press coverage here). The Court held that a general prohibition against teachers’ wearing headscarves in public schools is unconstitutional under Article 4 (1) and (2) of the German Basic Law.[1]

  • New Scholarship Review: Interview with Vanessa MacDonnell

    –Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this installment of I-CONnect’s interview series, I speak with Vanessa MacDonnell about her forthcoming paper on The Constitution as Framework for Governance. In her paper, Professor MacDonnell proposes a new way of thinking about the role of government, specifically with regard to its affirmative obligations to advance and secure constitutional rights.

  • The Unamendable Corwin Amendment

    —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Article V entrenches rules to formally amend the United States Constitution. It has been used to make and memorialize many democratic advances since the country’s founding, from the First Amendment’s protections for speech and religion, to the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equality, to the Twenty-Sixth Amendment’s expansion of the right to vote.