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What’s New in Public Law

Robert Rybski, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, Rector’s Plenipotentiary for Environment and Sustainable Development.

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. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor declined to block New York City from enforcing its mandate that all municipal workers be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  2. Belgium’s Council of Ministers approved the appointment of a parliamentarian as a Constitutional Court judge.
  3. The ruling of the Supreme Court of Israel confirming administrative imprisonment was quashed with a release administered by the administration on the next day.
  4. Kenya’s Supreme Court rejected petitions to nullify the presidential election.
  5. Japan court upholds constitutionality of a local ordinance placing limits on video game playing.

In the News

  1. The Myanmar military administration executed four activists in its first capital punishment since 1988.
  2. Chilean voters resoundingly (62% vs. 38%) rejected the new Constitution in a referendum.
  3. Kazahstan celebrated its Constitution’s 27th anniversary, which was amended this year through a referendum for the first time.
  4. Rewriting the Constitution of the United States starts to influence the public debate.
  5. New York City introduces ‘gun-free zones’ after the US Supreme Court ruling.        

New Scholarship

  1. O. I. Zozulia, Current Challenges to the Constitutional System of Ukrain in the Conditions of the Russian-Ukrainian War (2022), Baltija Publishing (explores the functioning of the constitutional system, including constitutional rights and freedoms, under martial law during the ongoing Russian invasion on Ukraine)
  2. Neil Foster, Religious Freedom, Section 109 of the Constitution, and Anti-discrimination Laws, Australian Journal of Law and Religion 2022, vol. 1 (discusses clauses in anti-discrimination statutes that balance equality with religious freedoms)
  3. Renae Barker, Law and Religion in the Classroom: Teaching Church-State Relationships, Australian Journal of Law and Religion 2022, vol. 1 (presents a new approach towards teaching on church-state relationships)
  4. Tanto Lailam, The Proposal of Constitutional Complaint for the Indonesian Constitutional Court, Jurnal Konstitusi 2022 vol. 19, No. 3 (presents a proposal for introducing constitutional complaint into the constitutional system of Indonesia)
  5. Patrick Parkinson, Adolescent Gender Identity and the Sex Discrimination Act: The Case for Religious Exemptions, Australian Journal of Law and Religion 2022, vol. 1 (assesses provisions permitting discrimination by faith-based schools against students based on their sexual orientation and gender identity)
  6. Rodes Pardosi, Yuliana Primawardani, The Legitimacy Death Penalty Application of Certain Conditions in the Anti-Corruption Law, Jurnal Konstitusi 2022 vol. 19, No. 3 (assesses constitutionality of provisions allowing the imposing death penalty in  certain cases of corruption in Indonesia)
  7. Wade Robison, The Constitutional Right to an Education (2022), Education, Inclusion, and Justice. AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice, vol 11 (presents a transcendental argument for the existence of a constitutional right to an education in the United States)
  8. David Gutierrez, Flexible constitutions and transitional justice, questioning the use of the amendment power in transitional justice contexts, Latin American Law Review 2022, issue 9 (discusses tensions between the constitutional amendment power and existing measures of transitional justice)
  9. Arturas Tereskinas, Annija Karklina, Anita Rodina, Between Injustice and Legal Change: The Situation of LGBTQ+ People in Latvia and Lithuania (2022), European Union and its Neighbours in a Globalized World, vol 8. Springer (assesses situation of the LGBTQ+ People after the 2020 judgment of Constitutional Court of Latvia and after 2021 proposal of amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia)

Calls for Papers and Announcements

  1. The American Constitution Society invites nominations (and self-nominations) for the 2023 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholar Award. It is a prize for an early-career scholar “who has demonstrated those qualities exemplified by Justice Ginsburg: scholarly excellence, the ability to imagine how society might be more just and more equal, and the determination to use the law and one’s scholarship to creatively and strategically make the imagined real”. The deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2022.
  2. The University of Sydney Law School invites for the launch of “A Pandemic of Populists” by Professor Wojciech Sadurski. The event will take place on 20 September 2022.
  3. PEN America invites to the PEN America’s fall 2022 Free Expression Advocacy Institute. Admissions will be decided on a rolling basis. The final deadline is Thursday, September 8 at 11:59 p.m E.T.
  4. Adelaide Law School (ALS) in South Australia invites law researchers to participate in a Theology and Jurisprudence Symposium on 10 February 2023. Paper proposals up to 200 words and a brief bio should be submitted by 1 November 2022.
  5. The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law invites applications for the term May to October 2023 internship. The deadline is 1st December 2022.

Elsewhere Online

  1. Tereza Žuffová-Kunčová, Michal Kovalčík, Czechia’s First Climate Judgment, Verfassungsblog
  2. Ayesha Wijayalath, Sri Lanka in a Constituent Moment, IACL-Blog
  3. Alexandra Huneeus , Win or Lose, Chile’s Draft Constitution Heralds a New Era of Climate Constitutionalism, Verfassungsblog
  4. Cheryl Saunders, What Makes Responsible Government Responsible?, Verfassungsblog
  5. Giacomo Delledonne, A Parliament Shaped by the ‘Worst Election Law Ever’
  6. Cause and Effect in the Upcoming Italian Elections, Verfassungsblog


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