Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Senate Reform

  • Invitation to Friends of I-CONnect: Symposium at McGill University on the Senate Reference

    —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Friends of I-CONnect are invited to attend the McGill Law Journal’s 2015 symposium on “Democracy, Federalism and the Rule of Law: The Implications of the Senate Reference.” All are welcome: scholars, students, lawyers and the general public.

  • Constitutional Dialogue v2.0? Contentious Government Responses to the Supreme Court of Canada

    —Jonathon Penney, Dalhousie University and University of Oxford Constitutional “dialogue” used to be the fashion in Canadian legal circles. From the late 1990s  to mid-to-late 2000s, legal scholars engaged in contentious debates on the topic and the Supreme Court of Canada itself invoked the metaphor in a series of judgments to describe, and theorize, the relationship between the Court and legislatures in constitutional adjudication.

  • The Italian Senate Under Reform: From Disguised Unicameralism to a True Regional Second Chamber?

    —Antonia Baraggia, University of Milan After the recent attempts to reform the Irish and the Canadian Senates, the Italian second chamber is also undergoing a process of profound transformation. The issue of reforming the Italian second chamber is not a recent development.

  • Supreme Court of Canada Issues Advisory Opinion in Senate Reference

    –David Dias, Senior Editor at Lexpert [Cross-posted from Canadian Lawyer Magazine under title “SCC pours cold water on Harper’s Senate plans”] The Supreme Court of Canada today effectively put an end to the Conservative government’s goal of reforming the Senate, pouring cold water over any idea that Ottawa can unilaterally impose term limits or consultative elections on members of the Upper House.

  • Podcast on Senate Reference

    –Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Last week, we alerted to you an important advisory opinion on Senate reform scheduled to be released by the Supreme Court of Canada tomorrow. Ahead of this important day in Canadian constitutional law, the McGill Law Journal has recorded an informative podcast on the subject.

  • Canadian Supreme Court to Issue Advisory Opinion on Senate Reform

    —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada announced that it will issue its advisory opinion on Senate Reform next week on Friday, April 25. The Court’s advisory opinion has been long awaited. The Court is expected to advise the Government of Canada on what is constitutionally required to reform and/or abolish the Senate.

  • Senate Reform in Canada: What to Make of the Constitution?

    —Leonid Sirota, JSD Candidate, NYU School of Law Over the course of three days last week, the Supreme Court of Canada heard submissions from the federal government, the ten provinces, two territories, two ami curiae, and several interveners on the constitutionality of the federal government’s proposals for reforming the unelected upper house of the Parliament of Canada, the Senate.

  • Ireland’s Senate Survives

    —Eoin Carolan, University College Dublin In a result that defied all pre-referendum opinion polls, a narrow majority of voters last week rejected a proposal to abolish Ireland’s Seanad (Senate). The proposal, which was closely associated with Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, was defeated by 51.7% to 48.3%, a margin of almost 42,500 votes.

  • Ireland Considers Move to Unicameral Parliament

    —Dr. Oran Doyle, Fellow, Trinity College, Dublin The Irish Government has proposed the abolition of the upper house of Parliament, the Seanad. The Thirty-Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill 2013 contains over 40 discrete amendments to the Constitution designed to abolish the Seanad, reconstitute the Oireachtas as a unicameral parliament, revise Articles of the Constitution that are predicated on the existence of the Seanad, and address certain transitional issues.