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  • What’s new in the 2018 amendment to China’s Constitution?

    What’s new in the 2018 amendment to China’s Constitution?

    Richard F. Jiang | | 0
    On 19 January 2018, a proposal was approved by the Chinese Communist Party Congress to amend China’s Constitution. This proposal is to be discussed at the 13th National People's Congress in March. What are the potential changes to China’s Constitution?
  • Guiding values in the Dutch Constitution

    Guiding values in the Dutch Constitution

    In the coming months the Dutch government will propose an introductory article in the Constitution. This enumerates three core values underlying the document. But where do we find the detailed provisions that put the values referred to into practice?
  • Constitutional Housekeeping Chores

    Constitutional Housekeeping Chores

    Recently, the Dutch government announced that it will soon submit two bills to amend the national constitution. On the face of it, the proposals seem to be pretty important. But they are arguably nothing more than ‘constitutional housekeeping chores’.
  • The Constitution as window dressing

    The Constitution as window dressing

    Gwen van Eijk | | 1
    The Dutch government has proposed including the rule of law and the right to a fair trial in the Constitution. Recent policy proposals raise questions about the government’s commitment to these principles.
  • The problem Madison did not confront

    The problem Madison did not confront

    When the American founding fathers drafted the first written constitution in the world, one of the most important questions they were facing was: how difficult should it be to change this fundamental document? This question is still highly relevant.
  • The Unamendable Right to Bear Arms

    The Unamendable Right to Bear Arms

    The Second Amendment to the US Constitution protects the Right to Bear Arms. It's one of the most unique and controversial constitutional provisions in the world. Obama promised to stricter gun control laws. It's unlikely that he can fulfill this promise.
  • Conflict on the Crimea

    Conflict on the Crimea

    This weekend, in a hastily organized referendum, Crimean voters decide on staying with Ukraine or moving to Russia. Whatever the decision, it will not end the conflict on the status of the Crimea.
  • Our Undemocratic Constitution?

    Our Undemocratic Constitution?

    Sanford Levinson’s Our Undemocratic Constitution targets the mythical 1789 Constitution of the United States. He boldly argues that several aspects of its design do not meet 21st century democratic standards.
  • Extra-constitutional change in the United States

    Extra-constitutional change in the United States

    Almost every country in the world has a central legal document that codifies fundamental rules that establish and regulate the government. Quite often, substantive constitutional developments occur independent of the formal amendment procedure.
  • On royalty and loyalty

    On royalty and loyalty

    MP Ruud Koole refused to pledge allegiance to the new king, who will be investitured on April 30th. What's to say for his case?