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Decision of the Swiss on the Initiative for the enforcement of the Constitution

by Thomas Fleiner

On June 5, the sovereign decided on five different issues with a turnout of 46%. The sovereign had to decide on three constitutional proposals, which need an approval of the majority of the voters and of the cantons. The voters and all cantons refused all three popular initiatives with some 23% to 32% against a majority of 67.6% to 76.9%. The voters of the people’s majority decided also on too legislative referenda against the law on asylum and against the law on reproduction.

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Conventional Wisdom: The Alternate Article V Mechanism for Proposing Amendments to the U.S. Constitution

John R. Vile, (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016, xv + 266 pp., ISBN: 978-0-8203-4900-8).

This book is the culmination of more than 30 years of thinking about the unused Article V convention mechanism and related subjects. I spend the first part of the book exploring the origins of Article V processes and convention precedents in the late eighteenth and throughout the nineteenth centuries. I also examine early legal commentaries on the subject. Although I believe the weight of this evidence, including Alexander Hamilton’s comments in Federalist No. 85, suggest that such conventions can be limited, I note that this specific issue does not appear to have been as prominent in earlier legal and political discourse as it is now, and I examine recent arguments both for and against the limited convention option.

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Call for Papers–Workshop on Comparative Constitutional Amendment

Call for Papers–Workshop on Comparative Constitutional Amendment.
Boston College Law School and the International Association of Constitutional Law’s Research Group on Constitution-Making and Constitutional Change invite submissions for a full-day workshop on comparative constitutional amendment, to be held on the campus of Boston College Law School on Friday, May 15, 2015.
This workshop is convened by Xenophon Contiades (University of Peloponnese) and Richard Albert (Boston College).

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Bicameralism Under Pressure: Constitutional Reform of National Legislatures – In memory of Gabriella Angiulli

A global symposium in memory of Gabriella Angiulli, presented by the Center for Parliamentary Studies CESP LUISS in cooperation with the University of Milan (Department of National and Supranational Public Law), the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S), the Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) and American Society of Comparative Law

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ICL Journal Conference 2016-CALL FOR PAPERS

The Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law is dedicated to a wide range of subjects including in particular European Constitutional Law, Public International Law, the Constitutionalization of International Law, the Internationalization of Constitutional Law, the Migration of Constitutional Ideas, Legal Theory, and Comparative Constitutional Law. For its 10 year anniversary the Journal will host a conference dedicated to its very scope: The one day event to be held on 23 September 2016 at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) will focus on the concept of International Constitutional Law.

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Call for Papers: Conference on Constitutional Politics in Turkey

Consortium for Social Research on Turkey (CSRT) in collaboration with Center for Policy and Research on Turkey (Research Turkey) and the Student Collective of Turkey at the New School invites paper submissions for a full-day conference on constitutional politics in Turkey to be held at the New School for Social Research, New York, on March 4, 2016.

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