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News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

July 1, 2016

Thai court upholds campaign ban. Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that, according to the country's current constitution, the military junta's nationwide ban on campaigning ahead of the upcoming constitutional referendum is permissible. Thai activists and international human rights groups had hoped for a different ruling so citizens could engage in meaningful debate about the proposed draft (now available in English).
Turkish parliament approves plan to purge top courts. Following the reassignment of 3,750 lower court judges and prosecutors to achieve "harmony" between the executive and judiciary, the Turkish parliament has now approved legislation that will allow President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to replace most of the members of the Supreme Court of Appeals and the Council of State. Many worry that Erdoğan will use Tuesday's terrorist attack as justification to further consolidate executive power.
Paraguayan group seeks referendum on constitutional reform. Last week, a group of Paraguayan judges, attorneys, students, and civil society members petitioned for a referendum on constitutional reforms to restructure the judiciary. The country's judicial system has come under domestic and international scrutiny recently as human rights groups have alleged that a high-profile homicide trial has been fraught with judicial irregularities.

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During the summer of 2016, the CCP will host the 28th Amendment Project in the Google Drafting Lab of the National Constitution Center. The 28th Amendment Project is an interactive exercise during which participants engage in each stage of constitutional drafting: research, deliberation, and decision-making. If you will be in Philadelphia this summer, please join us!
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