Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

What’s New in Public Law

Anubhav Kumar, Advocate & Researcher, Supreme Court of India 

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. Supreme Court of Canada upholds lower court decision and allows disclosure of cockpit recording in a class action.
  2. Georgia Supreme Court orders state’s abortion law back into effect.
  3. Peruvian constitutional court annuls treason complaint against President Pedro Castillo.
  4. Korean court rules forcing soldiers to attend religious events is unconstitutional.
  5. UK Supreme Court rules Scotland cannot hold another referendum on independence without permission.
  6. US Supreme Court paves a path to obtain Trump’s tax returns.

In the News

  1. Six states urge the US Supreme Court to block the Biden student debt relief.
  2. India’s Top Court to consider Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage.
  3. Judge abstains from the Repubblika case over magistrate’s recusal.
  4. Australian court blocks Clive Palmer coal mine on climate grounds.
  5. South Africa’s prison service challenges court’s decision to send ex-president back to jail.
  6. Jokowi gives nod to controversial removal of constitutional justice.

New Scholarship

  1. Richard Albert, David Landau, Pietro Faraguna, Simon Drugda and Rocio De Carolis, The 2021 Global Review of Constitutional Law  (2022)  (assembling detailed but relatively brief reports on constitutional developments and cases during the past calendar year, in 75 jurisdictions)
  2. Yiming Wang and He Tian, Judicial Transparency in China Theory and Realization Path (Forthcoming 2023) (critically examining the latest progress in judicial transparency in China containing rich data on judicial openness in China)
  3. Tom Ginsburg and Benjamin Schonthal (eds), Buddhism and Comparative Constitutional Law (2022) (offering offers a complex portrait of “the Buddhist-constitutional complex,” demonstrating the intricate and powerful ways in which Buddhist and constitutional ideas merged, interacted and co-evolved)
  4. Tomoko Ishikawa, Corporate Environmental Responsibility in Investor-State Dispute Settlement : The Unexhausted Potential of Current Mechanisms (2022) (exploring the potential of the current investor-state dispute settlement ( mechanism to materialize the responsibility of foreign investors through the states’ counterclaims and defences at the jurisdictional, merits, and quantum phases)
  5. Andreas de Guttry, Melvis Ndiloseh and Alessandro Mario Amoroso, A Comprehensive Path to Peace in Sudan (2022) (examining prospects for the conduct of democratic elections, wealth-sharing and development and other variables on the path of Sudan to peace)

Calls for Papers and Announcements

  1. The American University of Paris, Calls for Papers for an International Conference on “Violent Turns: Sources, Interpretations, Responses”, June 21-23 June 2023. The University welcomes contributions in all fields, including psychology, political science, anthropology, sociology, history, law, criminology, literature, and communications as well as approaches promoting creative responses to the theme of the conference. Please submit abstracts to by December 15th, 2022. More Details are available here.
  2. The UCD Centre for Constitutional Studies invites early career scholars interested in any area of constitutional law to participate in its inaugural ‘New and Emerging Voices in Constitutional Law’ symposium, which will take place in person at the UCD Sutherland School of Law on Thursday 23 March 2023. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 20th January 2023. Details are available here.
  3. The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) invites applications for a full-time faculty position at NLSIU. Last date of application is 21st December 2022.  The application is available here.
  4. The Fourth Webinar of the Nordic CONREASON Project webinar series on 18 January 2023 on the political and legal culture in Finland as the context of constitutional reasoning. Details are available here.
  5. The London School of Economics and Political Science seeks applications for the post of Professor in Public law. Details are available here.
  6. This fifth annual Law and Humanities roundtable 2023, to be held on 14th July 2023, invites original, interdisciplinary, and humanities-focused paper presentations occasioned by the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio in 1623. Details are here

Elsewhere Online

  1. Daryl WJ Yang, One step forward, two steps back? Enshrining gay (in)equality in the Singapore Constitution, Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law
  2. Anant Prakash Mishra, Notes From a Foreign Field: The US Supreme Court’s Latest “Gun Rights” Decision, Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy
  3. Joseph Finnerty, Juszczyszyn v. Poland: Article 18 ECHR’s Conservative Contribution To The Polish Rule Of Law Crisis, Strasbourg Observers
  4. Daniel Rietiker, Migrant Workers and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Verfassungsblog
  5. Aidan McGirr, Mediterranean Sea Migrants: How a Novel Classification Framework Can Increase State Accountability, Oxford Human Rights Hub
  6. Joshua Davis, Bwanya v Master of the High Court: Right for the Wrong Reasons, African Law Matters


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