Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

May 8, 2015

Indian parliament takes steps towards tax reform. The Lok Sabha, India's lower house of parliament, passed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Constitutional Amendment Bill on Wednesday with a vote of 352-37. Speaking in favor of the bill, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the amendment would provide India with a uniform tax structure which could boost the country's economy.
Chile President announces constitutional reform project. Chilean president Michelle Bachelet has announced plans to replace the country's current constitution, which was implemented during former dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime. According to Bachelet, citizens will have a role in the drafting process, which will begin in September.
Constitutional court of Burundi approves president's bid for a third term. The constitutional court of Burundi approved President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third time in office on Tuesday, despite language in the constitution that establishes a two-term limit. The announcement has aggravated civilian unrest in the country, leading the African Union to state that elections cannot be held in the current climate.

From the Comparative Constitutions Project

New book published by CCP co-director analyzes the Magna Carta. On the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, CCP co-director James Melton and colleague Robert Hazell have published an edited volume that investigates the historic and contemporary influence of the document. Entitled Magna Carta and its Modern Legacy, the book features works by top scholars from the UK, US, and Australia. Learn more or buy the book here.
CCP's Tom Ginsburg discusses Chile's constitution drafting process. Pulso's Paula Namur interviewed CCP co-director Tom Ginsburg about the constitution drafting process in Chile. Read the full interview in Spanish here.
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