Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law


  • 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.

  • An Update on the Death Penalty in Trinidad & Tobago

    —John Knechtle, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad The sentence of death has been the mandatory penalty for murder in Trinidad and Tobago since independence in 1962 and with the country consistently ranking in the top ten percent for homicides per capita around the world, public support for the death penalty remains strong.

  • The International Law Response to the Hong Kong Electoral Reform Debate

    —Alvin Y.H. Cheung, Visiting Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law More than two months into Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, the city’s police force – armed with teargas and, in some instances, assisted by vigilantes – renewed its assault on protest encampments in the districts of Mongkok and Admiralty. 

  • Is Social Media a Human Right? Exploring the Scope of Internet Rights

    –Brian Christopher Jones, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica* Earlier this year Jason Tenenbaum penned an interesting piece for I-CONnect about a general right to access the internet.[1] Mr Tenebaum’s focus on international covenants, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), nicely laid out the basic arguments for such a protected right.

  • Is There a Protected Right to Access the Internet?

    —Jason M. Tenenbaum, Barton LLP Much of the international discussion with regard to access rights to the Internet has focused on the idea of “network neutrality,” and not on whether the right to access the Internet itself is protected. On a domestic level, countries like France[1] and Greece[2] have already created constitutional provisions to protect a right to access the Internet.