Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

February 16, 2018

US federal court blocks Trump’s annulment of DACA. A federal district court in Brooklyn has issued an injunction against President Trump’s rescission of DACA, a program that protects juvenile immigrants from deportation, finding that the cancellation of the program was “arbitrary and capricious.” Although the court recognized Trump’s ultimate authority to rescind DACA, the court held that the administration’s reasoning for doing so was flawed.
Cambodia legislature on track to prohibit criticism of king. On Wednesday, the National Assembly of Cambodia passed a slate of constitutional amendments and revisions to the criminal code that make it illegal to disrespect the king, allow for permanent disenfranchisement of felons, and forbid foreign “interference.” The measures are expected to pass the Senate and be signed by the king.
Romanian court rules against politicization of state-run companies. On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court of Romania held that it is unconstitutional for state-run companies to be exempt from general corporate governance laws. The ruling hinders the government’s attempt to politicize the management of major sectors of the economy, including electric, nuclear, gas, and transportation companies.
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