Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

March 6, 2015

South Korean court de-criminalizes adultery. Last Thursday, the South Korean Constitutional Court struck down a 62-year-old law that made infidelity a punishable criminal offense, stating that the law violates the country’s constitution. The movement to de-criminalize adultery has now spread to Taiwan, where extramarital sex is a crime punishable by up to one year in prison.
Draft Thai constitution criticized as undemocratic. New proposals from Thailand’s military-appointed constitution drafting committee would see fewer government officials democratically elected, including the Senate and, in emergency situations, the Prime Minister. Critics have called these provisions a setback for democracy and continue to push for a public referendum on the constitution. 
Parliamentary elections delayed in Egypt. On Sunday, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court ruled one of the laws which regulates elections unconstitutional, effectively postponing the upcoming parliamentary elections. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb ordered a committee to amend the law, but experts estimate that the elections will be delayed for at least three months. 
Ukraine to form constitutional amendment commission. Following the February 12 ceasefire agreement between the Ukrainian government and the separatist governments of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukrainian President Poroshenko has decreed the formation of a commission to amend the constitution, and called for it to increase judicial independence, implement anti-corruption measures, and reform local governance.

From the Comparative Constitutions Project

The National Constitution Center, an interactive museum in Philadelphia, recently opened a hands-on Constitute exhibit and drafting lab.  Visitors can view and compare the US Constitution and other world constitutions in the main exhibit, then collaborate with others to build their own constitutional documents in the drafting lab.

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