Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

What’s New in Public Law

–Mohamed Abdelaal, Assistant Professor, Alexandria University Faculty of Law

In this weekly feature, I-CONnect publishes a curated reading list of developments in public law. “Developments” may include a selection of links to news, high court decisions, new or recent scholarly books and articles, and blog posts from around the public law blogosphere.

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Developments in Constitutional Courts

  1. The Court of Appeal of Belize upheld a decision of the High Court declaring that section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code is unconstitutional.
  2. Chile’s Environmental Court ruled in favor of indigenous complaints.
  3. The Turkish Constitutional Court found that the freedom of expression of a journalist has been violated.
  4. The Turkish Constitutional Court concluded that the right to life of a patient was violated as her death was caused by medical negligence.
  5. In Albania, the Constitutional Court is set to decide on the constitutionality of a special law that allows the demolition of the National Theater.

In the News

  1. In Ireland, a new birth control bill has been proposed.
  2. The chairman of Armenia’s Constitutional Court has been charged with abuse of power.
  3. In Thailand, the opposition increases pressure to amend the constitution.
  4. In Siri Lanka, a constitutional amendment has been proposed to expand presidential powers.

New Scholarship

  1. Penelope Andrews, The ‘Casserole’ Constitution: The South African Constitution and International Law (2020) (addressing the impact and the role of international law in the drafting of the South African constitution as well as in the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court.)
  2. Benjamin Low, Full Powers and the Constitutional Doctrine of Implied Amendments (2019) (discussing the applicability of the doctrine of implied amendments to the Constitution of Singapore.)
  3. Jaclyn L. Neo, Dimensions of Religious Harmony as Constitutional Practice: Beyond State Control, 20 German Law Journal (2019) (arguing that religious harmony can mean many things and can be used in a myriad of ways that go beyond simply as a tool for state control.)
  4. Erdem Büyüksagis, Towards a Transatlantic Concept of Data Privacy, 30 Fordham Intellectual Property, 30 Media & Entertainment Law Journal (2019) (arguing that the regulatory and case law developments on both sides of the Atlantic hint at a harmonization process of data protection standards because of the ever-growing recognition of the need for specific data protection laws and their substantive convergence.)
  5. Chintan Chandrachud, Structural Injunctions and Public Interest Litigation in India, in P J Yap, Constitutional Remedies in Asia (2019) (analysing the use of structural injunctions by the Supreme Court of India, and in particular, the continuities in how, why and when the Court decides to deploy these injunctions.)
  6. Brian Slattery, Aboriginal Title and the Royal Proclamation of 1763: Origins and Illusions (2019) (arguing that modern law is in fact grounded in ancient doctrines of common law that evolved in British North America from the early days of settlement.)
  7. Michael Shammas, What’s Behind Rising Authoritarianism: Answers from Political Psychology & the Third Reich (2019) (examining the rise of the Third Reich to show how economic and political uncertainty has and can undermine liberal democracy.)
  8. Chintan Chandrachud, The Cases That India Forgot (2019) (arguing that courts are not always on the right side of history or justice, and they don’t always have the last word on the matters before them.)

Calls for Papers and Announcements

  1. Submissions are welcome for the Tenth International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society to be held at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 on September 3, 2020, to September 4, 2020.
  2. A Call for Papers has been issued for the International Workshop ‘Media Representations of Law and Justice: Middle Eastern Perspectives.’
  3. The International Journal on Consumer Law and Practice (IJCLP) is seeking submissions for its upcoming volume.
  4. The Jamia Law Journal invites submissions of original papers for its upcoming volume.
  5. The social science conferences 2020 is seeking submissions related to the following conference topics: Society and Sociology, Communication, Politics,Law, Humanities and Culture.

Elsewhere Online

  1. Valentina Scotti, Women’s suffrage, The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law.
  2. Asem Khalil, Statutory Law, The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law.
  3. Dan Harris, Held Hostage in China: How to Make Like Carlos Ghosn and Escape, China Law Blog
  4. Thomas DeLorenzo, UN rights expert: US assassination of Iranian official violated international human rights laws, JURIST
  5. Varun Kannan, The Constitutionality of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act – A Rejoinder, Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy


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