Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

December 1, 2017

Zimbabwe courts validate Mugabe ouster. On Saturday, the Zimbabwe High Court ruled that the ouster of former President Robert Mugabe was constitutional and, in a separate ruling, voided the previous firing of his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa was sworn in as the new president last Friday, and the two rulings in favor of the new administration have prompted fears over judicial independence.
Italian constitutional court upholds child vaccination requirements. Last week, the Constitutional Court of Italy validated an Italian statute which requires children to receive numerous vaccines in order to enroll in school. The court held that the law did not violate the right to make one’s own health care choices, and it stressed the bill’s urgency in light of the nation’s falling vaccination rates.
South Korea to study its abortion restrictions. After more than 200,000 South Koreans signed a petition to legalize abortion, the office of the president announced on Sunday that the government will issue a survey to gather more information about the “current status and causes” of abortion. South Korea’s abortion restrictions are currently being challenged on constitutional grounds by a doctor who is being prosecuted for performing abortions.

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