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July 27, 2018: Polish Senate scuttles constitutional referendum; Indian Supreme Court to decide if temples must accept women; and Ninth Circuit strikes Hawaii’s open carry ban.

7.20.18-DigestJuly 23, 2018: French Assembly removes “race” from constitution; Israel adopts Basic Law declaring country “national home” for Jewish people; and Cuban constitution to include property rights, foreign investment.

July 13, 2018: Indian Supreme Court considers constitutionality of gay sex ban; Chilean court approves nationwide plastic bag ban; and German court rules Facebook accounts pass to heirs at death.

July 6, 2018: Polish government attempts to sack one third of Supreme Court; Philippine committee completes draft of new constitution; South African court recognizes inheritance rights of multiple spouses; and Constitute exercises featured in social studies journal.

June 22, 2018: SCOTUS rules cell phone location data protected by Fourth Amendment; Hungary enacts extreme anti-immigrant measures; and voting age for Japanese constitutional referendums lowered to 18.

June 14, 2018: German court rules teachers cannot strike; SCOTUS upholds Minnesota life insurance law; and Hungarian PM hints at major constitutional amendments.

June 7, 2018: Bermuda Supreme Court again rules in favor of same-sex marriage; Ivory Coast president claims he is eligible for third term; and Irish activists target sexist language in constitution.

June 1, 2018: Ireland votes to legalize abortion; Cuba to begin drafting a new constitution; and Zimbabwe to hold presidential election.

May 25, 2018: Pakistan set to afford full rights to persons in northwestern regions; US court rules that accessing Trump’s tweets is a constitutional right; and Burundi votes to extend presidential term limits.

May 18, 2018: SCOTUS ruling opens door for legalization of sports gambling; Philippine senators challenge ouster of top judge; and Kenyan court upholds marital property law.

May 3, 2018: Ukrainian court strikes statute allowing constitutional amendment via referendum; Chad parliament votes to adopt new constitution; and Philippine commission unveils draft language for new constitution.

4.27.18 DigestApril 20, 2018: Nicaraguans protest Ortega’s longtime rule; Indiana law on “selective” abortion held unconstitutional; and Israeli parliament to consider legislation limiting Supreme Court power.

April 20, 2018: Turkey extends state of emergency, calls snap elections; SCOTUS rules deportation statute unconstitutionally vague; and Trinidad and Tobago court strikes sodomy law.

April 13, 2018: Hungarian PM secures constitutional majority; Colombia’s Supreme Court orders protection of Amazon; and Indian court protects constitutional rights to marriage and religion.

March 29, 2018: Kenyan court condemns forced bodily examinations; Malaysia on track to criminalize “fake news;” and Indian Supreme Court to review Islamic marriage practices.

March 23, 2018: Indonesia criminalizes criticism of lawmakers; New York court rules POTUS can be sued in state court for unofficial acts; and South Korean president proposes constitutional amendments.

March 9, 2018: Department of Justice sues California over sanctuary policies; Irish abortion referendum comes closer to reality; and outgoing Chilean president proposes new constitution.

March 2, 2018: South Africa parliament taking steps toward land expropriation; China considering eliminating presidential term limits; and SCOTUS rules that immigrants can be held indefinitely.

February 23, 2018: Turkish court sentences journalists to life in prison; Maldives extends state of emergency without clear constitutional authority; and Pakistan Supreme Court rules ex-PM Sharif cannot lead party.

February 16, 2018: US federal court blocks Trump’s annulment of DACA; Cambodia legislature on track to prohibit criticism of king; and Romanian court rules against politicization of state-run companies.

February 9, 2018: Ecuador votes to reinstate term limits; SCOTUS lets Pennsylvania redistricting order stand; and Bermuda annuls same-sex marriage rights.

2.2.18 DigestFebruary 2, 2018: Romanian court strikes parts of controversial judicial reform; Malaysian court rules both parents’ consent needed to convert children; and Kenyan government violates court order, refuses to air news channels.

January 26, 2018: South African court strikes down protest regulation; Venezuela to hold presidential election in April; and Costa Rican bureaucracy claims same-sex marriage not legal yet.

January 19, 2018: Turkey extends state of emergency, continues crackdown on journalists; Philippine government revokes license of news site critical of Duterte; and Zimbabwe to hold elections soon.


December 29, 2017: South African court orders parliament to create impeachment mechanisms; Indian court protects mothers from employment discrimination; and Turkish government grants immunity to civilians who acted against coup attempt.

December 22, 2017: Uganda to amend constitution, permit president to seek sixth term; South Africa considering land expropriation without compensation; and New Zealand court blocks media merger.

December 8, 2017: South African court finds shelter rules unconstitutional; Australia, Austria legalize same-sex marriage; country of Georgia decriminalizes marijuana use; and CCP co-director discusses the right to bear arms with PRI.

December 1, 2017: Zimbabwe courts validate Mugabe ouster; Italian constitutional court upholds child vaccination requirements; South Korea to study its abortion restrictions; and CCP announces new Constitute features!

November 17, 2017: South Africa to eliminate statute of limitations for sexual assault cases; Zimbabwe military orchestrates apparent coup; and Australians vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

November 10, 2017: High courts declare Iraqi, Spanish independence movements illegal; German court requires government to abandon gender binary; and Indonesian court rules government must allow public identification of native faiths.

October 27, 2017: Undocumented minor allowed to leave detention, get abortion; Xi re-elected by China’s Communist Party; and Italian regions seek greater autonomy.

10.20.17 DigestOctober 20, 2017: Georgian parliament overrides veto, amends constitution; Egyptian court rules protest cases must be tried in civilian courts; and Latvian court strikes tax on high salaries.

October 12, 2017: Kuwaiti court strikes mandatory DNA registration; Trump administration weakens birth control mandate; and Malaysian government bans books.

September 29, 2017: Kurds vote for independence from Iraq, face reprisal; Polish president introduces judicial reform bill; and Brazilian Supreme Court rules religion can be taught in public schools.

September 15, 2017: Spain cracking down on Catalan vote; Guatemalan Congress tries, fails to relax punishment for corruption; and Israeli Supreme Court overturns military exemption for Orthodox Jews.

September 8, 2017: Togo plans to reintroduce presidential term limits; EU court rules member states must accept refugees; and Indonesian judge sentenced for corruption.

September 1, 2017: Brazilian court blocks mining in Amazon reserve; US District Court finds Texas’s anti-sanctuary city law unconstitutional; and Indian court considers making marital rape a crime.

August 25, 2017: Venezuelan Constituent Assembly assumes broad powers; Indian Supreme Court elevates privacy protections, bans triple talaq; and Nepal Parliament rejects Madhesi-backed constitutional amendments.

August 11, 2017: Chicago sues Trump administration for restricting funding to sanctuary cities; Liberian justices stay their own impeachment proceedings; and Zuma survives no-confidence vote.

August 4, 2017: Chilean legislature votes to allow abortion in some cases; Supreme Court of Pakistan orders Prime Minister’s resignation; and Cambodia forbids political parties from associating with criminals.

July 27, 2017: Polish President vetoes two controversial court reform bills; Canadian Supreme Court rules on indigenous consultation; and Venezuela to vote on Constituent Assembly.

7.21.17 DigestJuly 21, 2017: Mali again delays constitutional vote; Polish legislature moves to restrict Supreme Court; and Georgian Constitutional Court rules on marijuana, gay blood donation.

July 7, 2017: French President Macron calls for government reforms; Bangladeshi court rules judges cannot be removed by parliament; and Malaysian court rules international travel not constitutionally protected.

June 30, 2017: SCOTUS rules religious institutions can receive some public funding; German Bundestag votes to legalize same-sex marriage; and Peru amends constitution to recognize right to water.

June 23, 2017: South African court permits secret no-confidence vote; Egyptian court halts decisions on Red Sea islands transfer; and Mali delays constitutional referendum.

June 16, 2017: Venezuelan court accepts transgender rights case; Israeli court rules prison cells are too small; and Indonesian court strikes restrictions on independent voters.

June 9, 2017: Ireland court strikes down asylum seeker work ban; German court strikes nuclear fuel tax, orders government to issue refunds; and Jordan raids restaurant for serving food during Ramadan.

June 2, 2017: Taiwan court legalizes same-sex marriage; Venezuela persists on constitutional revision; and Bahrain dissolves secular opposition group.

May 26, 2017: Indigenous Australians call for substantive constitutional reform; Prime Minister of Japan renews call to end prohibition on military; and Syrian groups agree to constitutional consultations.

May 18, 2017: Zimbabwe considers outlawing dual citizenship; South African court considers secrecy of presidential no-confidence vote; and Ukrainian president seeks to amend constitution to protect Crimean Tatars.

April 27, 2017: Turkish court rejects challenge to referendum; Irish citizen committee recommends abortion amendment; and indigenous group sues Brazil over land rights.

4.21.17 DigestApril 21, 2017: Georgian constitutional revision committee reveals amendment proposals; Turkish referendum passes, is contested; and Seychelles amends constitution.

April 13, 2017: Germany proposes amendment to defund neo-Nazi party; Egypt adopts state of emergency after attacks; Hungarian court overturns anti-Muslim, anti-gay ordinance; and CCP announces Constitute en español coming soon.

April 7, 2017: Kenyan Supreme Court orders parliament to meet gender requirements; Venezuelan Supreme Court reverses nullification of parliament; and Benin rejects constitutional amendments.

March 30, 2017: Benin parliament rejects motion to fast-track constitutional review process; Gaza rejects Palestinian constitutional court; and Tunisian marriage law comes under fire.

March 23, 2017: Britain to trigger Article 50 next week; Indian court confers legal personhood on certain rivers; and Polish court approves protest ban under questionable circumstances.

March 9, 2017: Nepali police kill three protesters as conflict over constitution continues; Bahrain amends constitution to allow military trials for civilians; and Zimbabwe limits corporal punishment for children.

March 2, 2017: Egypt stands by capital punishment, citing Sharia law; Bulgarian court limits compulsory voting law; and Ugandan court nullifies “multiplicity” of its own rulings.

February 23, 2017: Malawi raises the age of adulthood to prevent child marriages; South African court blocks withdrawal from ICC; and Guatemala considers constitutional recognition of indigenous courts.

February 17, 2017: Switzerland amends constitutional provisions on citizenship; Russian court orders review of jailed protester’s case; and Taiwanese court to consider constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans.

February 10, 2017: South Korea considers curbing executive power as part of constitutional reform; Colombian court rules in favor of indigenous land rights; and Erdoğan approves constitutional amendments, referendum to follow.

2.3.17 DigestFebruary 3, 2017: Kazakh president proposes giving parliament power to appoint cabinet; Philippine Catholic Church calls on flock to participate in constitutional amendment process; and Nepal police arrest Madhes activist on charges of sedition.

January 27, 2017: Brexit requires parliamentary approval, says Supreme Court; Italian court rules on election law; and Syrian opposition rejects Russian constitutional proposal.

January 19, 2017: The Gambia in chaos as president refuses to step down; German high court declines to outlaw neo-Nazi party; and Sri Lankan president rejects federalism, upsetting Tamils.

January 13, 2017: Turkish parliament voting on changes to constitution; Thai king rejects constitutional checks on royal power; and Italy enrolls imams in courses on constitution.

January 6, 2017: Dueling protests break out in Nepal; Syrian Kurds ratify constitution for autonomous federal region; and Czech Republic will consider allowing citizens to use arms against terrorists.

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December 16, 2016: Colombian Constitutional Court approves fast-tracking of FARC treaty; South Korean impeachment case in court’s hands; and Kyrgyz voters approve constitutional amendments.

December 2, 2016: Despite protests, Brazil on track to approve austerity amendment; SCOTUS considers criteria for exempting persons with intellectual disabilities from death penalty; and Malawi seeks to establish 18 as the age of adulthood.

November 18, 2016: Colombian government, FARC announce new peace deal; Singapore amends constitution to ensure minority presidency; and Ugandan court ruling paves way for private discrimination suits.

November 11, 2016: Hungarian parliament rejects constitutional amendment to deny refugees; Palestinian court rules Abbas can revoke parliamentary immunity; Italian court ends patriarchal naming convention; and International IDEA releases Annual Review of Constitution-Building Processes.

11-4-16 DigestNovember 4, 2016: Death penalty joins constitutional initiatives in Turkey; High Court rules Brexit requires parliamentary approval; and “Georgian Dream” party wins constitutional majority.

October 21, 2016: Convictions of South Korean conscientious objectors overturned; Brexit vote considered in Britain’s High Court; and Colombian ceasefire extended while peace treaty negotiations continue.

October 13, 2016: Ethiopia declares state of emergency; Ivory Coast to vote on new constitution; and Singapore tables constitutional amendments.

October 6, 2016: Poland retreats from proposed total abortion ban; Hungarian prime minister grounds refugee policy in invalid referendum; and Colombian voters reject FARC peace treaty.

September 30, 2016: Azerbaijanis vote to amend constitution; Bosnian Serbs vote to maintain nationalist holiday; and Turkish opposition party challenges post-coup decrees.

September 23, 2016: Gabon constitutional court to recount contested election results; Venezuelan electoral commission quashes prospect of recalling Maduro; and Romania’s Constitutional Court to rule on same-sex marriage.

September 16, 2016: European Parliament criticizes Polish government; African Union to observe Gabonese election appeal; Ukrainian Constitutional Court overturns law requiring permits for religious events; and the US to celebrate Constitution Day.

September 1, 2016: Egyptian protest restrictions face court challenge; French court overturns burkini ban; and Brazil impeaches, removes Rousseff.

August 26, 2016: Zambian Constitutional Court to review presidential election; Colombian court prohibits mining company from degrading the environment; and Singapore explores mandate for minorities to be president.

August 19, 2016: Polish government disregards court ruling on judicial bill; Australia to close detention center in Papua New Guinea; South Africa’s ANC questions electoral system; and Constitute helps inspire new open data project.

8.11.16 Constitution DigestAugust 11, 2016: Thailand approves new constitution; Italy to vote on constitutional reform; and Indian parliament approves nationwide sales tax.

August 5, 2016: Nepal chooses new prime minister after constitutional compromise; Nicaraguan president selects wife as running mate; and Indonesia considers banning gay sex.

July 29, 2016: Turkey announces plan to draft new constitution following attempted coup; unpredictable Thai referendum approaches; and Catalan parliament defies Spanish courts, approves plan for independence.

July 22, 2016: Colombia’s Constitutional Court allows referendum on FARC peace treaty; Azerbaijani president proposes expansion of executive power; and Iraq begins constitutional amendment process.

July 15, 2016: Japan’s ruling coalition wins supermajority in parliamentary elections; Canadian Supreme Court orders speedier trial system; and The Gambia and Tanzania outlaw child marriage.

July 8, 2016: Polish government amends restrictions on Constitutional Tribunal; Philippine legislature considers constitutional change; Austria must redo presidential runoff vote; and three-part podcast explores the Constitute Project.

July 1, 2016: Thai court upholds campaign ban; Turkish parliament approves plan to purge top courts; Paraguayan group seeks referendum on constitutional reform; and CCP to host 28th Amendment Project at NCC.

June 17, 2016: US encourages Venezuela to move ahead with recall referendum; South Korea’s Assembly Speaker calls for constitutional amendment; and Romanian constitutional court allows corruption cases to continue.

June 10, 2016: Bahamas rejects gender equality referendum; Hungary expands government powers in case of ‘terror threat’; and Turkey removes lawmakers’ immunity.

June 3, 2016: EU delivers official warning to Polish government; Ivory Coast president seeks new constitution; and Thai Ombudsman challenges constitutionality of referendum law.

5.27.16 DigestMay 27, 2016: South Korean court denies challenge to law on fast-track legislation; conflict over Nepal’s constitution continues; and lower house of Pakistani legislature approves constitutional amendment.

May 20, 2016: Polish Law and Justice party offers to compromise if constitution amended; Mexican president announces plans for same-sex marriage amendment; and Thailand’s draft constitution faces heavy criticism ahead of vote.

May 6, 2016: Polish ruling party calls for new constitution; Colombian high court formally legalizes same-sex marriage; proposed amendments to Turkey’s constitution prove controversial; and the CCP unveils a timeline of constitutional holidays.

April 29, 2016: Thailand bans campaigning ahead of constitutional referendum; Hungary’s prime minister claims constitution bans “Islamization”; and Bulgarian parliament approves compulsory voting.

April 22, 2016: German high court rules surveillance program partially unconstitutional; Jordanian parliament to consider increased powers for king; and Indian Supreme Court considers whether a Hindu temple can ban women.

April 15, 2016: Palestinian president establishes a constitutional court; Congolese MPs seek court ruling on status of president if no elections are held; and Pakistani government hopes to expand eligibility for election commission.

April 8, 2016: Seychelles reduces presidential term limits; Spanish Congress to sue interim government for failing to report; and Japanese prime minister asserts country can pursue nuclear weapons.

March 31, 2016: French President drops controversial plan to amend constitution; South African court rules president violated constitution; and Thai government unveils draft constitution.

March 25, 2016: Australian Prime Minister compels a parliamentary session with rarely-used procedure; Malaysian high court upholds ban on non-Muslim attorneys in Sharia courts; and Senegalese plebiscite cuts presidential terms from 7 to 5 years.

March 18, 2016: Erdoğan seeks referendum to expand presidential powers; Philippine Supreme Court rules Poe can run for president; and Thailand schedules referendum on new constitution.

3.10.16 DigestMarch 10, 2016: Polish Constitutional Tribunal finds new limits unconstitutional; Georgia looks to constitutionally ban gay marriage; and Bulgarian Constitutional Court strikes government’s healthcare reforms.

March 4, 2016: Germany’s top court considers banning far-right party; Turkey releases imprisoned journalists; and Romanian interest group agglomeration seeks constitutional ban to same-sex marriage.

February 25, 2016: Substantial majority of Irish support repealing abortion ban; Bolivia’s President Evo Morales loses referendum to extend term limits; and Dominican Republic Constitutional Court overturns anti-defamation media restrictions.

February 19, 2016: Thai military seeks controversial protections in new constitution; Polish constitutional crisis draws criticism from human rights commissioner; Kenya’s Jubilee Coalition seeks major constitutional changes; and CCP unveils new website.

February 12, 2016: Tajikistan to vote on presidential life tenure in referendum; South African president accused of corruption, agrees to repay public money; and Zimbabwe high court nullifies criminal defamation law.

February 4, 2016: Turkey’s ruling party sets timeline for constitutional drafting commission; Japan Prime Minister renews call for constitutional amendments; and Algeria expected to restrict presidency to two terms.

January 29, 2016: Tamils want devolution of power in new Sri Lankan constitution; top French court sustains Hollande’s state of emergency; Ukrainian parliament postpones vote on constitutional reforms; and new tutorials show you how to explore the world’s constitutions.

January 21, 2016: Senegal president seeks constitutional amendments on term limits; emergency decree ruled constitutional in Venezuela; and formation of unity government stalled in South Sudan.

January 14, 2016: Nepal seeks to implement constitution despite opposition; European Union to investigate recent changes to Polish laws; and draft Thai constitution to give government greater control over media.

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December 23, 2015: Constitutional referendum in Rwanda clears way for president to remain in office; Polish lawmakers approve controversial changes to constitutional court; and Nepal government takes steps to address demands from ethnic minorities.

12.17.15 Constitution DigestDecember 17, 2015: Constitutional clash intensifies in Poland; new law gives Russian constitution precedence over international law; constitutional referendum in Central African Republic marred by violence; and experts weigh in on drafting constitutions with Constitute and Google Docs.

December 11, 2015: Rwanda sets date for referendum on constitutional amendment; protesters demonstrate against constitutional amendments in Ecuador; and Chile kicks off campaign to draft new constitution.

December 3, 2015: Proposed constitutional reforms spark protests in Armenia; top Spanish court declares Catalan independence resolution unconstitutional; and France considering constitutional amendments to extend state of emergency.

November 20, 2015: Rwandan Senate approves constitutional amendment on presidential term limits; French president demands constitutional changes after ISIS attacks; and Philippine Supreme Court delays ruling on military deal with US.

November 12, 2015: Benin president will not seek reelection in 2016; Catalonian secession battle intensifies; and Russian proposal calls for new Syrian constitution.

November 5, 2015: Protests over Nepal constitution result in one death; Turkish leaders push for constitutional reform; and Maldives accused of curtailing constitutional rights.

October 29, 2015: Republic of Congo holds referendum on presidential term limits; Nepal elects first female president; and Armenia makes progress on draft constitutional amendments.

October 22, 2015: Côte d’Ivoire president announces plans for constitutional reform; Thai media groups urge constitution drafting committee to drop press restrictions; and Nepal and India reconcile over fuel crisis.

October 16, 2015: Armenian National Assembly approves amendments to constitution; Nepal elects new prime minister; and Supreme Court of Rwanda clears way for lifting of presidential term limits.

Constitution Digest 10.2.15October 1, 2015: Nepal government prepares to address concerns over new constitution; Germany translates constitution into Arabic for refugees; and Catalan separatists win majority in regional elections.

September 25, 2015: Legislative committee approves bill to amend Bolivian constitution; protests over new constitution continue in Nepal; and Japan parliament approves bills expanding role of military.

September 17, 2015: Nepal Constituent Assembly passes new constitution; ruling party of Bolivia seeks to change constitution; and new Sri Lankan government moves forward with reconciliation process.

September 9, 2015: New Sri Lankan government pledges to introduce new constitution; Thailand’s National Reform Council rejects draft constitution; and protesters in Moldova demand new government and changes to constitution.

September 3, 2015: Central African Republic establishes presidential term limits under new constitution; thousands protest reinterpretation of Japan’s pacifist constitution; and constitutional changes in Ukraine face fierce opposition.

August 27, 2015: Nepal draft constitution presented to Constituent Assembly; Iraq president endorses constitutional amendments; and Armenia moves forward with constitutional amendment project.

August 20, 2015: Bill to establish constitutional commission in Rwanda gains momentum; Nepal draft constitution continues to face heavy opposition; experts speak out against Turkey president’s constitutional goals; and Constitute recognized by the American Library Association.

August 13, 2015: Congo ministers opposed to third presidential term removed from cabinet; Iraqi prime minister announces constitutional reform project; protests in Nepal over draft constitution turn deadly; and CCP to participate in International IDEA’s Constitution Building Tech Fair.

August 6, 2015: Armenia publishes eight new chapters of proposed constitution; Pakistan Supreme Court upholds constitutional amendments; and Kosovo parliament amends constitution to allow for war crimes court.

July 30, 2015: Incumbent Burundi president wins disputed election; Bulgarian parliament takes steps toward judicial reform; and Turkish political leadership discusses constitutional reform.

July 23 DigestJuly 23, 2015: Nepal Constituent Assembly finishes collecting feedback on draft constitution; Ukraine moves forward with constitutional reform project; and Somali leaders reach agreement to strengthen national cohesion.

July 16, 2015: Top Russian court rules that constitution takes precedence over international law; Rwanda parliament supports lifting presidential term limits; and Nepal Constituent Assembly continues to collect feedback on preliminary constitution.

July 9, 2015: Australia moves forward with plans to recognize indigenous peoples in constitution; Armenian president reaffirms support for proposed constitutional amendments; and Thai drafting committee continues to debate provisions on parliament.

July 3, 2015: Nepal drafting committee finishes preliminary constitution; Greece bailout referendum raises questions of constitutionality; and Maldives Parliament changes presidential age limit in first constitutional amendment.

June 26, 2015: Nepal Constituent Assembly continues drafting despite court order; movement to recognize indigenous Australians in constitution regains momentum; and experts speak out against Rwandan parliament’s plan to lift presidential term limits.

June 18, 2015: Thousands face possible deportation from the Dominican Republic; Spanish Constitutional Court dismisses Catalan independence vote; legal experts speak out against plan to expand Japanese military; and CCP co-directors reflect on the legacy of Magna Carta.

June 11, 2015: Nepal political parties reach landmark constitution deal; Rwandan parliament to consider lifting presidential term limits; and ruling party of Myanmar submits bill to amend constitution.

May 28, 2015: Parliament of Madagascar votes to impeach President; Ireland legalizes same-sex marriage by popular mandate; and German court rejects drone complaint.

May 21, 2015: Ireland to hold referendum on same-sex marriage; political instability hinders earthquake recovery in Nepal; and Thai military junta agrees to constitutional referendum.

May 14, 2015: Thai Constitution Drafting Committee calls for constitutional referendum; Nigerian Senate drops plan to override President’s veto; civilian unrest in Burundi culminates in attempted military coup; and two new papers use CCP data.

May 8, 2015: Indian parliament takes steps towards tax reform; Chile President announces constitutional reform project; constitutional court of Burundi approves president’s bid for a third term; CCP co-director publishes book on the Magna Carta; Tom Ginsburg discusses Chile’s constitution drafting process.

April 30, 2015: Thai military junta forbids political parties from discussing draft constitution; Japan Prime Minister calls for constitutional revisions by 2018; and upcoming presidential elections spur violent protests in Burundi.

April 23 DigestApril 23, 2015: Thailand debates new draft constitution; Nigeria President rejects proposed constitutional revisions; and Burundi President may run for third term in office.

April 16, 2015: Omar al-Bashir likely to remain President of Sudan; Unprecedented talks in Myanmar address constitutional reform; and Sri Lanka ruling party seeks new constitution.

April 9, 2015: Liberia constitutional review committee votes on proposals amid protests; Ukraine President seeks to retain unitary state; and Tanzania postpones constitutional referendum.

April 2, 2015: Uzbek President to serve third term in violation of constitution; Thai PM replaces martial law with permanent powers; Republic of Congo may extend presidential term limits; religious tensions rise in Tanzania ahead of referendum; and CCP and the National Constitution Center launch a new interactive rights feature.

March 26, 2015: Indian Supreme Court upholds freedom of speech online; Ireland to vote on same-sex marriage referendum in May; Sierra Leone President fires VP without parliamentary approval; and two papers published using CCP data.

March 19, 2015: Sri Lanka Cabinet approves draft bill to amend the constitution; former President of Maldives convicted; Thai constitution to be promulgated by September 4, 2015; and an interview with CCP co-director Zach Elkins.

March 6, 2015: South Korean court de-criminalizes adultery; draft Thai constitution criticized as undemocratic; parliamentary elections delayed in Egypt; Ukraine to form constitutional amendment commission; and the National Constitution Center opens a hands-on Constitute exhibit.

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