Constitution Digest

News and announcements from the Comparative Constitutions Project

June 14, 2018

German court rules teachers cannot strike. On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court of Germany upheld a regulation that prevents civil servants, and therefore most teachers, from striking. A group of teachers unsuccessfully argued that the ban on striking violates the Basic Law’s guarantee of free association.
SCOTUS upholds Minnesota life insurance law. On Monday, the United States Supreme Court upheld a Minnesota law that automatically removes ex-spouses as life insurance beneficiaries upon divorce. Justice Gorsuch dissented, writing that the law runs afoul of the Contracts Clause of the United States Constitution.
Hungarian PM hints at major constitutional amendments. On Friday, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban floated the idea of amending the country's constitution to protect Hungary from interference by the European Union. The Orban administration has cited the German Constitutional Court, which has asserted the supremacy of some “core values" over EU decrees — a position that Germany has never acted on.
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