Is This President Erdogan’s Last Term in Office? A Note on Constitutional Interpretive Possibilities

Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected as president in 2014. In 2018, he was elected to the same position for a second term. The Turkish Constitution, aside from one exceptional case, is clear in its command that no-one may serve as president for more than two terms. Is this, then, President Erdogan’s last term in office? The short answer is maybe.

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Fundamental Rights as Bycatch – Russia’s Anti-Fake News Legislation

On 18 March, following approval by President Putin, Russia’s controversial anti-fake news legislation entered into force. While Russia is not the only state to address the issues of hate speech or fake news with legislative means, its new legislation raises serious constitutional concerns, particularly due to its imprecise and overly broad scope of application.

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Die USA unter Präsident Trump: Totengräber des Völkerrechts

Der 25. März 2019 wird als ein schwarzer Tag in die Geschichte des Völkerrechts eingehen. Mit der Anerkennung der israelischen Souveränität über die seit 1967 von Israel besetzten syrischen Golanhöhen hat US-Präsident Donald Trump einen Tabubruch begangen, der das Völkerrecht um 100 Jahre zurückwirft, die Herrschaft des Rechts unterminiert und die internationale Rechtsordnung massiv beschädigt. Die völkerrechtswidrige Anerkennung gibt Anlass dazu, das Verhältnis der USA unter Präsident Trump zum Völkerrecht generell zu beleuchten.

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Lithuania Introduces Individual Constitutional Complaint

On 21 March 2019, the draft constitutional amendment introducing individual constitutional complaint to the Lithuanian legal system passed the second vote in the Parliament of Lithuania (Seimas) and was finally adopted. As of 1 September 2019, individuals (natural and legal persons) will have the right to directly apply to the Constitutional Court of Lithuania claiming that a law or other legal act of the Parliament, the President, or the Government are not in line with the Constitution and is breaching their rights.

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It’s Not Just About CEU: Understanding the Systemic Limitation of Academic Freedom in Hungary

Recently, there have been great disputes about the state of academic freedom in Hungary. As the country moved from democracy to electoral autocracy, its government started to limit individual and institutional academic freedom at a systemic level. This blog entry wants to explain how systemic limitation of academic freedom works in the higher education of the country, and how the general attack against check and balances affect the academic system.

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Systemic Error – On Hungary’s Extension of European Voting Rights to Non-Resident Citizens

Last December, the Hungarian legislator adopted a rule that allows non-EU-resident Hungarian citizens to vote at the European Parliament elections. This rule is in line with a 2018 Council decision. Implementation done, EU conformity secured, nothing to see here. Or is there?

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The Bercow Bombshell: Political Constitutionalism in Action

In this post, I defend the constitutional logic of Speaker’s intervention. In a constitutional system such as the UK, which largely depends on political institutions and norms to check the executive, it is entirely appropriate – indeed, desirable – that the Speaker identify, interpret and enforce such norms to defend the institutional interests of the House of Commons and basic values of parliamentary democracy.

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Angst vor der eigenen Courage? Licht und Schatten im Drohnenurteil des OVG Münster

Das OVG Münster hat am Dienstag ein wegweisendes Urteil zum US-geführten Drohnenkrieg im Jemen gefällt. Danach wird es künftig nicht mehr ausreichen, dass sich die Bundesregierung von der Regierung der USA beschwichtigen lässt, es sei schon alles rechtmäßig, was im Jemen und anderswo geschieht. Das ist an sich sehr zu begrüßen. Leider scheut das OVG am Ende aber, die Konsequenzen aus den eigenen Feststellungen zu ziehen.

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Die Flucht aus der politischen Verantwortung – Indexierung des Rundfunkbeitrags

Am gestrigen Donnerstag berieten die Ministerpräsidenten über eine (Voll-)Indexierung, de facto also eine ständige Erhöhung, des Rundfunkbeitrags. Die geplanten Änderungen werfen dabei nicht nur ein Schlaglicht auf eine höchst zweifelhafte (medien-)politische Kultur, sondern sind auch kaum mit (europa-)rechtlichen Vorgaben vereinbar.

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