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November 11, 2016

Hungarian parliament rejects constitutional amendment to deny refugees. On Tuesday, Hungary’s parliament voted down Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s proposed constitutional amendment to bar the European Union from settling refugees in Hungary. The anti-immigrant Jobbik party, which is entrenched in a political battle with Orban’s ruling party, abstained from the vote and the amendment fell just two votes shy of the required two-thirds majority.
Palestinian court rules Abbas can revoke parliamentary immunity. On Sunday, the Palestinian Constitutional Court, which was established and staffed by President Mahmoud Abbas in April, ruled that Abbas can revoke lawmakers’ parliamentary immunity. The ruling affirms a 2012 order by Abbas which expelled Mohammad Dahlan, a political rival, from the Fatah party; critics argue the ruling gives Abbas the power to severely undermine the Palestinian legislature.
Italian court ends patriarchal naming convention. Italy’s constitutional court ruled on Tuesday that a law requiring children to take their father’s surname, which the European Court of Human Rights previously declared incompatible with the right to gender equality, is unconstitutional. The ruling overturns deference to the legislature granted ten years ago, when the court declared that the law was patriarchal but constitutional.
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In International IDEA's Annual Review of Constitution-Building Processes, CCP co-director Tom Ginsburg and Melissa Crouch write about the military and constitutional reform in Myanmar and Thailand. Read their article and other analyses of constitutional transitions around the world here.
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