Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

What’s New in Public Law

Nicola Abate, Ph.D. candidate at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

Recep Orhun Kılıç, PhD Student (Ankara Hacı Bayram Veli University)

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 Supreme Court of the United States rules that Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill’s admissions program violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
2.           The Supreme Court of the United States rules against North Carolina Republicans over election law theory
3.          The Constitutional Court of Colombia has ruled that aesthetic medical procedures for functional or reconstructive purposes are covered by the health system.
4.           The Constitutional Court of Colombia upholds rights of woman who was fired after warning of her pregnancy through WhatsApp messages
5.           The French Constitutional Council has ruled on the compatibility with the constitution of the legislative provision on the acceleration of procedures for the construction of new nuclear power plants near existing nuclear sites
6.           The Supreme Court of the United States establishes that a defendant who makes “true threats” with a mental state of recklessness may be prosecuted without any violation of his free speech.
7.           Austrian Constitutional Court declares provisions on compulsory vaccination during the pandemic crisis to be in accordance with the constitution.
8.           The Constitutional Court of Latvia finds the requirement for Latvian-only education as inappropriate.
9.           The Supreme Court of the United States rules that law criminalizing encouragement of illegal immigration is constitutional.

In the News

1.           The Russian crisis and its consequences for the political stability of the country and President Putin.
2.           The Scottish government will go to court in September to challenge Westminster’s decision to block controversial gender reforms.
3.           The parliament of Serb entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina approved a law declaring null and void in its territory all rulings of country’s Constitutional Court.
4.           Council of Europe Secretary General supports the authority of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
5.           Poland is going to raise security on Belarus border due to the presence of the Wagner group.
6.           Key parts of Rishi Sunak’s Small Boats Bill were obstructed by the House of Lords
7.           Wagner’s Prigozhin planned to capture Russian military leaders
8.           Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio has won a second term in office.
9.           The Constitutional Court of Kazakhstan has received more than 3,000 appeals over five months since its establishment.
10.        Florida says no to new bar exam, for now.

New Scholarship

1.           O. Scarcello, “Radical Constitutional Pluralism in Europe” (the book addresses the challenges of constitutional pluralism for understanding the European constitutional conflicts).
2.           C. Green, “Beyond States: A Constitutional History of Territory, Statehood, and Nation-Building” (the author uses an integrated history of territory, statehood, and union for developing a new framework for analyzing constitutional statehood).
3.           S. Ganty, D. Kochenov, S. Roy, “Unlawful Nationality-Based Bans from the Schengen Zone: Poland, Finland, and the Baltic States against Russian Citizens and EU Law” (the authors show that there is no legal possibility under current European Union law to adopt a ban on nationality-based entry into the Schengen area).
4.           D. Kochenov, “Supremacy Rule of Law Undermines the European Union” (the athor contests the misuse of the Rule of Law at EU level in light of the dialogical pluralist essence of EU constitutionalism).
5.           A. Caiola, F. Nicola, “Defending Democracy Through Law: The Establishment of the Legal Service of the European Parliament” (the authors explain how democratic backsliding at the European level can be politically addressed through an empowerment of the European Parliament’s oversight capabilities).
6.           G. Çapar, “The paradox of global constitutionalism: Between sectoral integration and legitimacy” (based on Raz’s service conception, the article highlights the problematic aspects of the neoliberal constitutionalisation of international law).
7.          W. K. Taylor, “The Social Constitution. Embedding Social Rights Through Legal Mobilization” (an analysis of the conditions under which new constitutional rights become meaningful and institutionalized).
8.           C. Daase, N. Deitelhoff, A. Witt (edited by), “Rule in International Politics” (the volume tries to establish the concept of rule as the defining feature of order in the international realm).
9.           S. Issacharoff, “Democracy Unmoored. Populism and the Corruption of Popular Sovereignty” (a general perspective on the relationship between populist movements and the crisis of democratic political institutions.

Calls for Papers and Announcements

1.           University of Virginia School of Law will hold “Judicial Rhetoric: A Symposium” on April 5, 2024. Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2023.
2.           Oil, Gas & Energy Law intelligence invites submissions for a special issue focusing on “Climate Litigation and the Energy Sector“. Papers should be submitted by the end of July 2023.
3.           2nd International Conference on AI for People, Democratizing AI will be held in Bologna, Italy on November 24-26, 2023. Deadline for submissions is July 14, 2023.
4.           Asian Law Schools Association (ALSA) in collaboration with the NYCU School of Law will be hosting an international conference on “Emerging Technologies, Social Change, and Legal Innovation” on 2-3 December 2023, in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Abstracts for papers and panels must be submitted by August 1st, 2023.
5.         The Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) is inviting submissions for its Twelfth Annual Conference, to be held in-person in conjunction with the ASCL Annual Meeting from October 26-28, 2023, at the Florida International University College of Law. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2023.
6.         The 2024 Telos-Paul Piccone Institute Annual Conference will take place at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York City from Friday, March 22, to Saturday, March 23, 2024. Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2023.
7.         Conference on “Legal Challenges of the Globalised World – How should the law protect and realise rights?” will be held online on October 12, 2023. Deadline for submissions is July 24, 2023.
8.         The Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society invites abstract submissions for its 42nd Annual Conference. The conference will take place between 30 November and 2 December 2023. The theme for 2023 is Intersectionality and Legal Identities. Abstracts should be submitted by 15 August 2023.
9.         The University of Bristol Law School will host the 26th British Legal History Conference, which will take place between 3 and 6 July 2024. The conference theme is ‘Insiders and Outsiders in the History of Law’. Abstracts should be submitted by September 1, 2023.
10.       Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies will host the conference “China and Europe in the African Continent:  Economic, Legal and Political Perspectives” on November 30, December 1, 2023 in Pisa, Italy. Abstracts must be submitted by 15 July 2023.
11.       The AALS Section on Minority Groups (SOMG) invites submissions for its annual pedagogy panel at the AALS 2024 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting will be held in person from Wednesday, January 3, 2024, through Saturday, January 6, 2024, in Washington, D.C. The submission deadline is August 1, 2023.
12.       The AALS Section on Minority Groups (SOMG) invites submissions for its annual Works-in-Progress/New Voices (WIPs) session at the AALS 2024 Annual Meeting. This year’s theme is Infrastructures of (In)justice. The Annual Meeting will be held in person from Wednesday, January 3, 2024, through Saturday, January 6, 2024, in Washington, D.C. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2023.
13. The AALS Section on Minority Groups invites submissions for its annual main programming session at the AALS Annual Meeting, which is also co-sponsored by the AALS Sections on Balance and Well-Being in Legal Education, Critical Theories, Poverty Law, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues, and Women in Legal Education. The Annual Meeting will be held in-person from Wednesday, January 3, 2024, through Saturday, January 6, 2024, in Washington, D.C. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2023.
14.       The Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo is hosting a webinar/seminar on global constitutionalism, international adjudicative bodies, and hegemony which is named as “Global constitutionalism and supranational adjudicative bodies: Global south experiences vis-à-vis hegemony” on 16-17 November 2023. Deadline for submissions is August 21, 2023.
15.       The 2024 ESIL Research Forum will take place on 18 and 19 April 2024 and will be hosted by the Department of Law of the University of Cyprus. This year’s topic is “Revisiting Interactions between Legal Orders”. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2023.
16.        The Chair of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena seeks to fill the position of Research Fellow. Deadline for applications is July 7, 2023.
17.        The registration period for the second edition of the “Máster en Sistemas de Justicia y Racionalidad” (online format) offered by the Universities of Girona and Genoa. Deadline for the application is 15 July, 2023.
18.        University of York Law School is seeking to appoint two new permanent lecturers in law with interests in equity, obligations, and criminal law.

Elsewhere Online

1.           The compilation of lectures delivered at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in the course “Democratic Constitution Making between deliberative and crowd-sourced forms of constitutionalism”.
2.           Some considerations on the next important decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States.
3.           Some remarks on the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United Stated on race-based affirmative action.
4.           Some remarks around the postponement of the Hungarian Council Presidency.
5.           Ila Lecture by F. Hirsch on the Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg Trials.
6.          Speech of L. Ferrajoli at the 1st International Conference “Constitutionalism and Argumentation” about the due process and legal certainty in criminal law.
7.           The Supreme Court of the United States rules 5-4 against Navajo Nation in water rights dispute.
8.           The paper of the HLA Hart Memoria Lecture 2023 delivered by J. Waldron on the crisis of the judicial review is available.
9.           Criticism of the British government’s approach to climate activism.
10.        The Russian Constitutional Court regards state interest as a value on a par with fundamental rights.
11.        A plea for the importance of the transnational lists for the democratisation of the European Union.
12.        “Access to Justice as a Human Right and the Responsiveness of Law” by Professor Michael Wrase.
13.        “The Use of Russian Language in Ukraine in Wartime” by Sergiy Panasyuk.


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