Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

What’s New in Public Law

Maja Sahadžić, Research Fellow (University of Antwerp)

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 Constitutional Court of Uganda ruled the right to maternal health care and the right to health broadly has been granted a place in Uganda’s Constitution.
  2. The Constitutional Court of Germany ruled on constitutional complaints filed against the country’s existing Offshore Energy Act.
  3. The Supreme Court of Jamaica concluded that the rights of a dreadlocked girl barred from school were not breached.
  4. The Constitutional Court of Malta increased damages to the landlords of a Sliema property because of prejudicial rent laws.
  5. The Supreme Court of Italy ruled on the definition of a beneficial owner.

In the News

  1. The European Court of Human Rights will hear the complaint filed by Latvian parents about the liquidation of Jelgava Elementary School.
  2. The Parliament of Singapore opened with the election of its Speaker and the swearing-in of all Members of Parliament and two Non-Constituency Members of Parliament.
  3. Leaders of the four major political groups in the European Parliament demand rule of law mechanisms before signing off on the EU budget.
  4. An opposition Member of Parliament raised the “3 finger salute” in the Thai Parliament.
  5. The Norwegian parliament ended GAAR discussion regarding pre-transaction reorganizations.

New Scholarship

  1. Patricia Popelier, COVID-19 legislation in Belgium at the crossroads of a political and a health crisis, The Theory and Practice of Legislation (2020) (discussing the coronavirus crisis legislation in Belgium against the background of a political crisis)
  2. Untangling territorial self-governance – new typology and data, Regional and Federal Studies (2020) (analyzing territorial self-governance in more than 2200 second-level regions in 96 Western and non-Western democracies, semi-democracies, and a selection of autocratic regimes between 2000 and 2018)
  3. Nedžad Smailagić, Rethinking Amnesty and Clemency in Countries in Transition, A Comparative Analysis of Laws and Practices in Countries of the Former Yugoslavia (2020) (analyzing independent legislative frameworks and practices related to amnesty and pardon as instruments of mercy in countries of the former Yugoslavia)
  4. Jennifer Peirce, Overuse of Pretrial Detention in tension with Judicial and Prison Reforms in the Dominican Republic, Latin American Law Review (2020) (analyzing the patterns and trends of pretrial detention in the Dominican Republic’s judicial system and inside Dominican prisons)
  5. Mariana Rezende Oliveira, Constitutional courts in transitions to democracy: Limits, critiques and possibilities in Brazil and Argentina, Latin American Law Review (2020) (analyzing the protection of fundamental rights and the consolidation of liberal economic policies achieved by the courts in Brazil and Argentina)
  6. Richard Albert, America’s Amoral Constitution, American University Law Review (forthcoming 2021) (uncovering the amoral foundations of the United States Constitution)
  7. Waldemar Walczak, Corruption-Involving Criminal Acts and Legal Corruption, Internal Security Review (2019) (examining the economic and legal dimensions of corruption-involving criminal acts and legal corruption)

Call for Papers and Announcements

  1. McGill University’s Faculty of Law and the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism announce the call for papers “Federalism, Identity and Public Policy in Challenging Times: The Baxter Family Competition on Federalism 2020-2021”. The deadline for applications is 21 February 2021.
  2. Northumbria University invites call for papers and posters for the SLSA Seminar “The Gender Pay Gap: From History to Computer Algorithms” to be held virtually on 20 November 2020. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2020.
  3. The Law Library of Congress and the Library of Congress Center for Learning, Literacy and Engagement announce the annual Constitution and Citizenship Day lecture on 17 September 2020 at 15:00 (EDT).
  4. The fifth Melbourne Forum on Constitution Building in Asia and the Pacific organizes the fourth webinar “Beyond representation – independent and international institutions” on 24 September 2020.
  5. International Journal of Discrimination and the Law invites papers for a special issue “COVID-19: Lessons for and from Vulnerability Theory”. The deadline for submission is 31 October 2020.
  6. Waikato Law Review invites papers for its Volume 28 with a special focus on Constitutional Law. The deadline for submission is 31 October 2020.
  7. The International Forum on the Future of Constitutionalism welcomes participants for “The Global Summit” to be held Jan 12-16, 2021. The first of its kind summit will be both multilingual and multi-time zone, and it offers an opportunity for all-ranks scholars from all over the world to exchange ideas on all areas of constitutionalism. The deadline to submit a proposal for a paper or a fully-formed panel is 8 pm (local time in Ottawa, Canada) on Oct 1, 2020.

Elsewhere Online

  1. David Cameron, Little progress in latest round in EU-UK negotiation, Yale Macmillan Center
  2. Ganesh Sahathevan, Can the Governor Of Sabah ever be admitted to the pantheon of Malaysia’s Devarajas?, realpolitiekasia
  3. Daniel E. Walters, Why Proceduralism Won’t Save Us from Trump, Verfassungsblog
  4. Mathias Möschel, The Italian Government Enforces Gender Parity in Regional Elections, Verfassungsblog
  5. Enrico Andreoli, Who is “the People”? Voters and the Right to Vote in the U.S. Presidential Elections, Eureka!
  6. Antonia Kirkland, When it Comes to Constitutional Equality, the U.S. Lags Behind the Rest of the World, Justice & Law National
  7. Andrés Becerra, The Surprising Case of Venezuela: a Society Without a Justice System, caracasCHRONICLES


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