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The U.S. Constitution, Constitutional Conventions, and President Trump

Neil Siegel 1st March 2017

What is most concerning about the conduct of Donald Trump during and since the 2016 presidential campaign is not any potential violations of the U.S. Constitution.  Most concerning are his disregard of norms that had previously constrained candidates for president and his flouting of constitutional conventions that had previously guided occupants of the White House. In […]

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Courts Recognizing Transgender Rights

Jayna Kothari and Diksha Sanyal 28th February 2017

On 6th of February 2017, a law which discriminated against transgender people was amended for the first time in India. This marks a significant victory for the transgender rights movement in India. While the Indian Supreme Court recognized the right to gender identity and autonomy as integral part of the right to life in 2014, […]

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After Miller: Legislating for Constitutional and Democratic Legitimacy

Rebecca Mooney 27th February 2017

In Miller, the Supreme Court ruled by majority that ministers have no prerogative power to invoke article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU).  The European Communities Act 1972 makes EU law an independent and overriding source of domestic law (paras 61–65).  Assuming article 50(2) notice is irrevocable, it will remove EU law and […]

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Is Russia “Decriminalising Domestic Violence?”

Marianna Muravyeva 23rd February 2017

The Russian bill providing for what has been called the ‘decriminalisation of domestic violence‘ passed a second reading in the Russian State Duma and was approved by the Federation Council on 1 February without much opposition from the senators. It is official now: assault against any family members not resulting in any serious injury is […]

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The Law Commission’s Consultation on the Protection of Official Data

David Ormerod 22nd February 2017

The recent publication of the Law Commission’s consultation paper The Protection of Official Data has generated a great deal of attention. I welcome the opportunity to provide an overview of some of the matters in the paper and the consultation questions we ask. As with every Law Commission project, the provisional conclusions and questions in […]

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