• „Den wähle ich nicht!“

      Bei der Besetzung parlamentarischer Positionen durch Abgeordnete der AfD-Fraktion im Deutschen Bundestag kam es in den vergangenen Wochen zu politischem Streit. Der Abgeordnete Albrecht Glaser wurde in drei Wahlgängen nicht zum Vizepräsidenten des Bundestages gewählt. Die Ablehnung dieses Kandidaten in den anderen Fraktionen beruht auf Aussagen, die den Schutz auch des Islam du ...

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    • With a little help from Henry VIII

      There are few legislative assemblies in Europe which can call themselves with proud sovereign. The Principle of Parliamentary Sovereignty is the most important part of UK constitutional law. It implies that all legislation derives from the superior legal authority of Parliament and hence it is the job of the Members of Parliament to create, abolish and change the law.

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  • Think Twice before Speaking of Constitutional Review in Turkey

    … threshold for asking for abstract review, a total of 70 HDP and CHP deputies filed a collective constitutional complaint. The deputies argued that the law was a parliamentary decision subject to the TCC’s oversight rather than a constitutional amendment whose substance it is not authorized to review. According to the TCC, while it is authorized…

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  • Schuld und Sühne und „Volksempfinden“: Die österreichische Strafrechtsreform

    … Umfangreiche Justizreformen hat die im Dezember angelobte neue ÖVP/FPÖ-Bundesregierung in Österreich ausgerufen. Anfangen will sie mit dem prestigeträchtigsten, weil polarisierendsten Rechtsgebiet: dem Strafrecht. Die Reform kommt mit plakativen Versprechungen von Strafverschärfungen daher – was vielerorts auf Verwunderung und Kritik angesichts…

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  • Reviewing the Holocaust Bill: The Polish President and the Constitutional Tribunal

    … President Duda decided to sign off the controversial law allowing to punish those who publicly accuse the Polish nation and the Polish state of taking part in the Holocaust and in any war crimes. The law will now come into force – a circumstance which is unlikely to calm the international discussion it has generated. Having decided to sign…

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  • “Anticipating the Third Republic of China”

    … is it that after such a long time the federalist model has suddenly become interesting for China? I can only say that some Chinese intellectuals have been seriously preoccupied with federalism, while the government has never accepted the idea. But sometime in the future, China will adopt a federal constitution and implement federalism since the current system…

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  • Drama or Serenity? Upcoming Judicial Appointments at the Slovak Constitutional Court

    … kerfuffle surrounding the latest appointment process has prompted the ruling coalition to consider amendments to how SCC judges are appointed. Presently, Article 134 of the Constitution prescribes that the SCC is to have 13 judges who are appointed by the President for a non-renewable period of 12 years, on a proposal of the Parliament which draws up…

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  • Will Legalism be the End of Constitutionalism in Turkey?

    … On 11 January 2018, Turkish constitutionalism entered a new phase of decay. This phase was not triggered by criticism of its judgments by the government nor by the retreat of constitutional protections by the Turkish Constitutional Court (TCC) nor by constitutional court packing as seen in Hungary or Poland. Instead, first instance courts became…

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  • The Commission takes a step back in the fight for the Rule of Law

    … (1) Media reports of 20 December 2017 almost dwarfed the news of the Commission moving to initiate the judicial stage of the infringement proceedings against Poland based on Article 258 TFEU, in relation to certain provisions of the Act on the Common Courts System (the CCS Act). Under these proceedings, the breach of EU law may be established…

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  • Chiles Verfassungs­reform – erfolgreicher Bürger­beteiligungs­prozess?

    … sah der Verfassungsreformprozess in Bezug auf die Bürgerbeteiligung bisher aus? Welche Risiken gibt es für die Zukunft? Bürgerbeteiligungsprozess In keiner der bisherigen Verfassungen Chiles wurde die Bevölkerung aktiv eingebunden. Dies sollte sich mit dem neuen Verfassungsprozess ändern. Dafür setzte die Regierung verschiedene Mittel ein. Bevor es…

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  • „A Good Constitution” and the Habits of Heart

    … aspire to be such. Maybe it is even better than „We Poles” truly are and applies certain idealism to our description and self-understanding. Yet, despite this over-idealistic narrative, citizens should always side with the document of hope, and reject document of fear, exclusion and distrust. As we enter the New Year, the question whether there…

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  • Doppelpass für Südtirolerinnen und Südtiroler?

    … Wer weiß, ob aus der Idee der doppelten Staatsbürgerschaft überhaupt was wird – das Porzellan wurde inzwischen aber schon zerschlagen. In ihrem Regierungsabkommen nehmen die ÖVP und die FPÖ in Aussicht, „den Angehörigen der Volksgruppen deutscher und ladinischer Muttersprache in Südtirol (…) die Möglichkeit einzuräumen, zusätzlich zur…

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  • The European Commission’s Activation of Article 7: Better Late than Never?

    … ‘The European Union is first and foremost a Union of values and of the rule of law. The conquest of these values is the result of our history. They are the hard core of the Union’s identity and enable every citizen to identify with it. The Commission is convinced that in this Union of values it will not be necessary to apply penalties pursuant…

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  • Next Stop on the Way to Constitutional Disarray in Poland: Electoral Law Reform

    … Last Thursday, the Sejm has passed another hugely controversial law that might change the constitutional setup in Poland without changing a letter of the constitution itself. The law claims, according to its title, to „increase the participation of citizens in the process of electing, functioning and controlling certain public bodies“ (doc. 2001…

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