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Constitutional Confusion: Ireland’s Failed Referendum on Care and the Family

Constitutional Confusion: Ireland’s Failed Referendum on Care and the Family

There is no shortage of explanations as to why Ireland’s recent referendum on whether to amend Article 41 of the Constitution, which recognises the rights of the family, was met...
Stripping a state of its statehood: Disenfranchisement of the people of Jammu and Kashmir

Stripping a state of its statehood: Disenfranchisement of the people of Jammu and Kashmir

The people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) were disenfranchised when the Parliament of India, through the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019, deprived the territory of its...

The Judicialisation of Party Politics: Pakistan’s Supreme Court confirms the Election Commission can review Intra-Party Elections

On 25 January 2024, the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) held that political parties have a duty to hold intra-party elections. The SCP upheld an order of the Election Commission...
Empty Seats, Silenced Voices: Looming Shadow of Democratic Erosion in India’s Mass Suspensions

Empty Seats, Silenced Voices: Looming Shadow of Democratic Erosion in India’s Mass Suspensions

Recently, during the Winter Session of the Indian Parliament, more than 140 opposition members of Parliament (MPs) were suspended, sparking concerns about the freedom of speech and expression in the...
The Regression of Democracy and Systematic Violations of Political Rights: A Case from Jakarta’s Special Region Bill

The Regression of Democracy and Systematic Violations of Political Rights: A Case from Jakarta’s Special Region Bill

The current draft of Jakarta Special Region Bill (the Draft) proposed by Indonesian House of Representatives presents a blatant disregard of citizens’ political rights under Article 25 of the International...
Kenya’s Continual Failure to Meet their Two-Thirds Gender Quota

Kenya’s Continual Failure to Meet their Two-Thirds Gender Quota

Article twenty-seven of the Republic of Kenya’s 2010 Constitution states that the ‘State shall take legislative and other measures to implement the principle that not more than two-thirds of the...
Case C-673/20 EP v Préfet du Gers: The Stripping of the Right to Vote

Case C-673/20 EP v Préfet du Gers: The Stripping of the Right to Vote

Image description: the Court of Justice of the European Union Ruling of the CJEU After the request for a preliminary ruling from the French tribunal lodged in 2020, the Court...
Coughlan v Minister for the Cabinet Office: Legitimising Voter ID under the guise of Statutory Interpretation

Coughlan v Minister for the Cabinet Office: Legitimising Voter ID under the guise of Statutory Interpretation

Image description: A placard with ‘Voting is my superpower’ written on it. In less than a week, the Supreme Court has before them a case that may set the voting...
Proposed Voter ID Reforms in the UK: The Dangers of ‘Fraud’ Based Regulation

Proposed Voter ID Reforms in the UK: The Dangers of ‘Fraud’ Based Regulation

The UK government’s Election Bill containing controversial Voter ID provisions is progressing with haste through parliament this month, despite significant alarm over its potential impact. Whilst the government claims the...
A Golden Passport to Crime and Corruption: European Values on Trial

A Golden Passport to Crime and Corruption: European Values on Trial

The Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus recently released a final report, just shy of 800 pages and drafted entirely in Greek, of an independent inquiry that was set...
The Great Dissent: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Shelby County v. Holder

The Great Dissent: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Shelby County v. Holder

Dissents speak to a future age. … [T]he greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that...
Vote, But You Cannot Verify: The Namibian Supreme Court’s Presidential Election Decision

Vote, But You Cannot Verify: The Namibian Supreme Court’s Presidential Election Decision

On 5 February 2020, the judgement of Panduleni Itula, concerning the constitutionality of using electronic voting machines without a voter-verified audit trail (paperless EVMs), and thus the validity of the...

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