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Cambodia Elections 2013: is a Cambodian Spring blossoming?

Rodolphe Prom 27th August 2013

Cambodia’s weather oscillates between dry and wet seasons. According to a senior Cambodian official, this means that a Cambodian Spring is technically impossible. Despite this, Cambodians’ exercise of the right to vote during the July 2013 National Assembly elections suggest that a Cambodian Spring may indeed be blossoming. For 28 years, Cambodia has been ruled […]

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A Human Rights Act for Australia: a transfer of power to the High Court, or a more democratic form of judicial decision-making?

Emma Hoiberg 17th July 2013

Australia is the only Western country without some form of a national Bill of Rights. In 2008, the National Human Rights Consultation Committee, established by the federal government, recommended that Australia introduce a Human Rights Act based on the UK Human Rights Act 1998. Interestingly, the arguments raised in opposition to an Australian Human Rights […]

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Zimbabwe's New Constitution: The Interplay between Election Reform and Constitutional Reform

admin 9th July 2013

The new Constitution of Zimbabwe was signed into law on 22 May 2013. It contains several provisions that are encouraging: a wider bill of rights including socio-economic rights, the requirement that executive powers be shared between the cabinet and the president, provisions ensuring access to the media to all political parties, and guidelines on the conduct […]

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