Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

What’s New in Public Law

Mikołaj Wolanin, Master’s student, University of Warsaw (Poland)

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. German Federal Constitutional Court published its 2023 annual report.
  2. Sapporo High Court ruled that Japan’s bar on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
  3. European Court of Human Rights unanimously decided that dissolving the Association of People of Silesian Nationality done by Polish authorities was a violation of Artile 11 of the European Convention.
  4. The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that by a judgment of its Supreme Court the United Kingdom has infringed EU law.
  5. Unlawful data processing carried out during the cooperation betwwen Europol and the EU Member State means that Europol and EU Member State are jointly are severally liable for the damage — ruled the Court of Justice of the European Union.

In the News

  1. Candidates for the presidential post in the Indonesia plan to challenge the results of last month’s election to the Constitutional Court.
  2. Irish “Family Bill” (amendment of the Constitution) was rejected in the referendum.
  3. House of Representatives passed a bill that requires TikTok’s owner to divest its assets in the US.
  4. Polish Sejm (chamber of the Parliament) adopted a resolution “on removing the effects of the constitutional crisis of 2015-2023 in the context of the activities of the Constitutional Tribunal”.
  5. European Parliament adopted the “Media Freedom Act”.
  6. Croatian Parliament was dissolved and the elections will take place on April 17th.

New Scholarship

  1. Peters Anne, Sparks Tom, The Individual in International Law. History and Theory, OUP 2024.
  2. Pfander James E., Judicial Review of Unconventional Enforcement Regimes, “Texas Law Review” vol. 102, 4/2024.
  3. Rivera León Mauro Arturo, Supermajorities in Constitutional Court, Routledge 2024.
  4. von Bogdandy Armin, The Emergence of European Society through Public Law. A Hegelian and Anti-Schmittian Approach, OUP 2024.
  5. Wójcik Anna, Rhein-Firscher Paula (eds.), Memory Laws and the Rule of Law, “European Constitutional Law Review” vol. 19, 4/2023 [special section of the issue]

Calls for Papers and Announcements

  1. Research Committee for Comparative Judicial Studies (RC09) of the International Political Science Association organizes the Interim Meeting on the following topic: Courts and their Interactions with Politics. The meeting is planned for October 24th—26th 2024 in Austin, Texas. Deadline for abstracts: April 2nd 2024.
  2. Lund University is open to paper proposals for the conference planned for October 3rd—4th 2024 on the following topic: “From Protection to Coercion: the Limits of Positive Obligations in Human Rights Law”. Deadline for proposals: March 31st 2024.
  3. Society of Legal Scholars will host its 115th Annual Conference at the University of Bristol on September 3rd—5th 2024. Deadline for abstracts: March 22nd 2024.
  4. The GESIS Summer School 2024 will take place from July 24th to August 16th 2024 in Cologne (some courses will be organized also online).
  5. RMIT University Melbourne will host the workshop entilted: “An Abolition Movement for International Criminal Law?” on June 27th—28th 2024. Deadline for abstracts: March 24th 2024.

Elsewhere Online

  1. Anastasi Aurela, On the Identity of the Constitution of Albania: A Brief Analysis on the 25th Anniversary of the Constitution, IACL-AIDC Blog.
  2. Coneceição Lucas, Brazilian Judges Regulate Elections… and AI, Verfassungsblog.
  3. Erhan Doruk, What is Living and What is Dead in the Turkish Parliament?, Verfassungsblog.
  4. Phelan Alexandra L., Schwalbe Nina, Getting in Formation: WHO Constitutional Heads of Power and the Pandemic Agreement, OpinioJuris.
  5. Rudraksh Lakra, Cracking the Code: How Podchasov v. Russia Upholds Encryption and Reshapes Surveillance, EJIL:Talk!
  6. Singh Ashwani Kumar, The Right to Information of Political Funding and its Potential to Enhance Democratic Dialogue, IACL-AIDC Blog.


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