In my opening remarks as Co-President of ICON-S, I answered the question that was on everyone's mind: why come to Poland?
We chose Poland because we believe in the values of public law. At a time when democracy and the rule of law are under attack in virtually every part of the globe, we pledge to do all we can to advance the mission of ICON-S everywhere we go in the world, especially where our values are at risk.
The next Global Summit on Constitutionalism will be held in-person in Austin on March 16-18, 2023. We will feature three keynote speakers: Amaya Alvez, an elected member of the Chilean Constitutional Convention, Linda Colley, a renowned constitutional historian at Princeton University and author of the 2021 Book of the Year, and Daniela Salazar, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Ecuador. All are welcome! More details soon.
On My Bookshelf
In his book on Filtering Populist Claims to Fight Populism, Giuseppe Martinico draws from the Italian experience to show that populists do not deny the norms and rules of constitutionalism – worse, they claim to embrace them but in reality they manipulate them to their advantage and to their opponents' detriment.
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Dr. Paloma Krõõt Tupayis a Lecturer in Constitutional Law at the University of Tartu in Estonia. She was formerly a legal advisor to the President of the Republic of Estonia and to the Minister of the Interior. A doctoral graduate from the University of Cologne, she writes about fundamental rights, political parties, and digital constitutionalism. Since 2019, she is a regular contributor to the Global Review of Constitutional Law. Connect with her here.
Is the U.S. Constitution Undemocratic?
Presidents can be elected without winning the national popular vote. The least and most populous states have equal power in the Senate. And the Supreme Court has the authority to deny fundamental rights and freedoms. Does this make the U.S. Constitution undemocratic? Some argue yes.
A Short Trip Home
Last month I visited my mom in Ottawa, my hometown. Here we are on our way to the grocery store soon after I ate all the food in her fridge!
People often say we look alike. I always thank them for the compliment.
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