“Under His Eye”: Poland inches closer to Gilead as it targets children and families

Blogpost by Neil Datta Secretary of the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights Gilead, Margaret Atwood’s authoritarian dystopia in The Handmaid’s Tale where women’s role is reduced to forced procreation, has served as powerful symbol for progressive groups around the world in denouncing the erosion of human rights, specifically women’s rights. And Poland […]

The Right to Water, Law and Municipal Practice: Case Studies from India

New article by Arkaja Singh Recognition of the right to water in Indian courts has had little impact on the ground. This paper explores the seeming disjuncture between what happens in the court and the everyday reality of living with a less-than-perfect claim on city water services in India’s urban slums. The paper seeks to […]

Costa Rica. 2020 Global Review of Constitutional Law

B. M. Wilson, O. Rodriguez & S. Morales (2021)

In Albert, R, D. Landau, P. Faraguna, and S. Drugda. ICON and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy. ISBN: 978-0-692-15916-3

The global COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s response to it dominated the social, political, economic and legal landscape of Costa Rica in 2020. The government’s measures to combat the pandemic included mandatory travel restrictions, shuttering of mass public events, and curbs on business activities. These salutary actions, while successful in comparison with most other countries […]

Constitutionalising the Right to Water in Kenya and Slovenia: Domestic Drivers, Opportunity Structures, and Transnational Norm Entrepreneurs

New article by Mathea Loen and Siri Gloppen The international norm development that in 2010 culminated with the UN Resolution on the Human Right to Water and Sanitation changed international law. To what extent did this influence the parallel legal developments evident in many national constitutions across the globe? This article analyses the mobilisation for […]

Between Confrontation and Cooperation: Right to Water Advocacy in the Courts, on the Streets, and at the Capitols in the United States

New article by Sabrina Kozikis and Inga T. Winkler Communities across the United States face a widespread water crisis including risks of contamination, rate increases, shut-offs for non-payment, and dilapidating infrastructure. Against this background, a right to water movement has emerged which has found its strength in coalition-building and collectivity. Activists demand change using the […]

Comparing Experiences of Constitutional Reforms to Enshrine the Right to Water in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru: Opportunities and Limitations

New article by Lara Côrtes, Camila Gianella, Angela M. Páez, and Catalina Vallejo Piedrahíta In this paper we compare recent efforts towards the constitutionalization of the right to water in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru to understand the opportunities and limitations related to the attempts to enhance access to piped water to the highest normative level. […]

Who pays for foster care? In the U.S., parents do

BLOG: U.S federal law make the parents pay for foster care. The intention is to make foster care shorter – but do the law work according to the intention? [1] Blogpost by Jill Duerr Berrick, Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor at U.C. Berkeley, U.S., and Professor II at the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism, […]