Bicameralism: an antipodean perspective

As outposts of the British Empire, the various state parliaments of Australia, and New Zealand as a whole, inherited the Westminster system of government with an elected lower house, in which government is formed, and an unelected house of review. In little under two hundred years, these parliaments have undergone a range of reforms, including democratisation of their upper houses. Two jurisdictions, however, took bolder steps: the Australian state of Queensland, and New Zealand, both demolished their upper houses entirely – with mixed results, at best.

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„Not universal, but all over the place“: Zur Globalität der Geschichte des Völkerrechts

Eine Weltgeschichte des Völkerrechts: Da steckt gleich eine Handvoll höchst spannungsvoller Differenzen drin – global/eurozentrisch, universal/partikulär, Recht/Geschichte, normativ/faktisch, rationalistisch/empirisch, you name it. An Spannung hat es denn auch nicht gefehlt beim jüngsten Rechtskulturen-Workshop anlässlich der Veröffentlichung des von Anne Peters und Bardo Faßbender herausgegebenen Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law. Einig waren sich […]

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