Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

What’s New in Public Law

Chiara Graziani, Research Fellow in Comparative Public Law, University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy) and Academic Fellow, Bocconi University (Italy)

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.

To submit relevant developments for our weekly feature on “What’s New in Public Law,” please email

Developments in Constitutional Courts

  1. The Canadian Supreme Court will be sitting in Quebec for the first time in history.
  2. The High Court of Australia ruled that media companies can be held liable for defamatory comments left on their social media pages.
  3. The Turkish Constitutional Court rejected an application for ill-treatment of a dead body.
  4. The Indian Supreme Court criticized the Government for “cherry-picking” nominees for tribunals across the country.
  5. The Brazilian Supreme Court suspended an indigenous land rights case.

In the News

  1. The Government of Queensland introduced new legislation to strengthen child protection and family support mechanisms.
  2. The Greek Migration Minister proposed new legislation on migration.
  3. A new law is being passed in India, making it harder for couples of different religions to marry.
  4. Delta County declared a new COVID-19 local state of emergency.
  5. Steps are being made to introduce new legislation that would create a US-Israel research and development center on artificial intelligence.

New Scholarship

  1. Tanja Altunjan, The International Criminal Court and Sexual Violence: Between Aspirations and Reality, 22 German Law Journal (2021) (exploring the persisting challenges and the perceived gap between aspirations and reality regarding the prosecution of sexual violence at the international criminal court).
  2. Or Bassok, The Mysterious Meeting between Carl Schmitt and Josef Redlich, 21 International Journal of Constitutional Law (2021) (offering three possible explanations for why Schmitt viewed his encounter with Redlich as influential his road to National Socialism).
  3. Myriam Hunter-Henin, Religious Freedom and the Right against Religious Discrimination: Democracy as the Missing Link, International Journal of Discrimination and the Law (2021) (proposing a novel way for looking at the relationships between religious freedom and religious discrimination).
  4. Michal Krajewski, Relative Authority of Judicial and Extra-Judicial Review. EU Courts, Boards of Appeal, Ombudsman (2021) (engaging with the normative rationale of the judicial review of administrative action and arguing that the functions of judicial review can be to some extent exercised by extra-judicial review mechanisms and by the widely accessible complaint procedure before the European Ombudsman).
  5. Bui Ngoc Son, Constitutional Amendment and Democracy, 30 Minnesota Journal of International Law (2021) (exploring foundational, constructive, progressive, and retrogressive constitutional amendments). 
  6. Arman Sarvarian, The Ossified Debate on a UN Convention on State Responsibility, 70 International and Comparative Law Quarterly (2021) (examining the developments on future action concerning the 2001 ILC Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts in the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly)
  7. Arianna Vedaschi and Kim Lane Scheppele (eds.), 9/11 and the Rise of Global Anti-Terrorism Law. How the UN Security Council Rules the World (2021) (examining the complex and evolving interaction between international, regional and domestic levels of counter-terrorism law and policies)
  8. Cornelia Weiss and Eva Maria Rey Pinto, Twenty Years After UNSCR 1325: Equal Access to Military Education in the Western Hemisphere?/ Veinte años después de la Resolución 1325: ¿Igualdad en el acceso a la educación militar en el hemisferio occidental?, 15 Estudios En Seguridad Y Defensa 303 (2021)   (examining “legal” and other barriers erected against women from being selected for military education and training — needed for career progression to the highest ranks  — and providing proactive barrier-eliminating solutions).

Calls for Papers and Announcements

  1. The Católica Law Review invites submissions in English or Portuguese for the next issue of the journal. The deadline for the public law issue is September 30, 2021.
  2. The Italian Society of Law and Economics (SIDE) welcomes submissions for its 16th annual conference on December 15-17, 2021. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2021.
  3. The JUSTICE Human Rights Conference will be held on October 11-12, 2021.
  4. The Conference Committee of the International Initiative Organization for Human Rights (IIOHR) organizes the International Human Right Conference on the Elimination Violence Against Women & Children, Human Trafficking and Child Abuse, which will take place on October 21-24, 2021, in Boston, US, and on October 30-31 in Saint Louis, Senegal.
  5. Díkaion Journal, the Law Journal of the Law and Political Sciences School at Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia), calls for papers for the first issue of 2022 to be published next year’s first semester. The deadline is October 31, 2021.
  6. The Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica (IIAS), hosts the 9th Asian Constitutional Law Forum on May 13-14, 2022. The deadline for submission of abstracts is November 1, 2021.
  7. The Age of Human Rights Journal invites submissions for its June 2022 issue. The deadline is January 1, 2022.
  8. The Institute for Comparative Federalism of Eurac Research, Bolzano/Bozen, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Innsbruck proudly announce the 13th edition of their joint programme, the Winter School of Federalism and Governance 2022. Deadline for applications is 17 October 2021.

Elsewhere Online

  1. Rebecca Barber, How the UN General Assembly Can Respond to Atrocity Crimes at Its 76th Session, Just Security
  2. Juliano Z. Benvindo, Oran Doyle, Chiara Graziani (eds.), Blog Symposium: Covid-19 and the Future of Constitutionalism, IACL/AIDC Blog
  3. Robert Chesney, Jack Goldsmith, Benjamin Wittes, September 11 and the History of Lawfare, Lawfare
  4. Aileen McHarg, Alison L. Young, The Resilience of the (Old) British Constitution, UK Constitutional Law Association Blog
  5. Serhii Lashyn, Court without a Head. The Manifold Crisis of Ukraine’s Constitutional Court, Verfassungsblog
  6. Ciaran Martin, Scotland’s Place in the Union Will Not Be Decided in the Courts: Only Politicians can Enable or Prevent Independence, The Constitution Unit Blog
  7. Haimo Li, Jefferson and Burke on Marat, Danton, and Robespierre, Journal of the American Revolution


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