April 17, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The Thai Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) announced on Friday the completion of the first draft of a potential constitutional charter and its submission to an advisory council for review. The new document would replace the one voided nearly a year ago by military coup and could be ratified as ...[read more]
January 16, 2013
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Guest Columnist Maksym Popovych, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, discusses the Ukrainian National Referendum Law and decries it as a potentially unconstitutional law that threatens the democratic principle of checks and balances...Public attention has been growing related to the ...[read more]
October 11, 2010
by Ingrid Burke
JURIST Special Guest Columnist Saroop Ijaz, an advocate before the Lahore High Court in Pakistan, says that the country's courts should more often limit themselves to issues brought before them, so that the other branches of government and the people of the Pakistan may first have the opportunity ...[read more]
April 19, 2010
by Steve Dotterer
Kyrgyzstan's provisional government on Monday announced a plan to institute democratic reforms, including a referendum on a new constitution. The plan seeks to move Kyrgyzstan toward a parliamentary republic with increased checks and balances and a reduction in the constitutional scope of ...[read more]
July 1, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe Frank Bainimarama on Wednesday announced plans to establish a new constitution by September 2013. Bainimarama said that the new constitution would be in place at least one year prior to the elections planned for September 2014 to allow the pu... ...[read more]
November 23, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Ariel Cohen: The Russian Constitution proclaims a presidential republic within a multi-party system, with president as a guarantor of the Constituion. However, checks and balances in Russia were underdeveloped since the collapse of communism in 1991 (and non-existent under communi... ...[read more]
June 16, 2008
by JURIST Staff
JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that by upholding habeas corpus rights for Guantanamo detainees in Boumediene, the US Supreme Court has fulfilled its constitutional duty to check and balance the other two branches of government, discharging its ...[read more]
January 27, 2008
by Andrew Wood
Neal A. Puckett: The criminal justice system in America has certain checks and balances against overreaching by prosecutors when they bring felony charges. Some must simply file charges by information, which is then subject to a preliminary hearing before judge or magistrate who determines wh... ...[read more]
December 6, 2007
by Andrew Wood
J. Wells Dixon: The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) returned to the United States Supreme Court yesterday for arguments in Al Odah v. United States and Boumediene v. Bush, which will likely decide the fate of about 300 men held without charge or trial in Guantanamo Bay. At stake are q... ...[read more]
January 26, 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi
Some non-Cambodian judges involved in the multinational Khmer Rouge genocide trials may resign because of a protracted dispute over procedural rules among the various jurists overseeing the upcoming tribunal, the International Herald Tribune reported Thursday. Tribunal judges convened in November ...[read more]

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