In October 2015, the Chilean President made a nationwide announcement to inaugurate the Constituent Process that would lead to a new Constitution. Following years of amendments to the Constitution drafted by the Pinochet dictatorship, what will determine the success of the country's experiment in popular constitution-making?
On Thursday 23 June 2016, a UK-wide referendum will be held on the question: ‘should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU’. Dr Ruvi Ziegler explores the effect of the disenfranchisment of UK citizens living in EU member states.
On Wednesday 5 August, the Pakistan Supreme Court issued a landmark judgment in the case of District Bar Association (Rawalpindi) vs. Federation of Pakistan (2015). Unfortunately, this judgment has been interpreted as enhancing the power of the Pakistan Army in the context of an intensifying but still poorly defined war on terrorism.
That in 2015, we still commemorate an agreement between the king and the barons of England reached 800 years ago, probably on the 15th June 1215, is a cause for wonder. Magna Carta, the Great Charter, as that agreement has come to be known, is held to be a milestone in the course of western constitutional thought.
China’s spectacular economic growth has arguably been the most significant development in the twenty-first century thus far, with experts predicting a Chinese Century in which it will overtake the US as the world’s largest economy.
The 2008 international financial crisis spawned an avalanche of financial regulation. As Europe’s banks struggle to raise fresh capital and cut back on certain types of transactions, questions are beginning to be raised about whether financial regulation is going ‘too far’.
This Sunday, 9th March marks twenty-five years since the first major breakthrough in the roundtable talks between the Solidarity and Communist Authorities in Poland – an agreement on bicameral legislature called the National Assembly.
Exactly a decade has passed since twenty-three Chinese men and women met their tragic deaths at Morecambe Bay, drowned while out picking cockles on the notoriously dangerous stretch of coastline, working for the profits of an illegal gangmaster.
"We need to get better at coping with extremes." Environment Agency Chairman Lord Chris Smith has today had to defend the Agency’s flood management record in response to growing criticism that it could have done more to alleviate the flooding in Somerset and other parts of the South.
An important lesson of history is that to create the conditions for change one must transform unfocused popular support for reform into the sharpened perception of an immediate source of emergency. This is a lesson that modern political managers are wont to forget.
Some weeks back, in a policy brief prepared for the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, I predicted both the outcome of and a good portion of the reasoning that would serve as the basis for the US Supreme Court's recently issued decision in Boumediene v. Bush.