ConstitutionNet Updates: August 2016

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Our August Newsletter includes four original pieces on the issue of direct democracy. The Zambian constitutional referendum, which would have enhanced fundamental rights and the final say of the people in future constitutional reforms, was defeated. Ireland continues its experimentation with citizen assemblies in constitutional reforms, this time on abortion. While Slovenian citizens are relying on the ‘constitutional initiative’ to ensure the constitutional guarantee of the right to water, the ruling coalition in Greece has initiated a constitutional reform process to enhance the power of the people to make and reject laws.

For interesting updates on constitutional developments from Chile to the Philippines, Iran to Lithuania, and covering issues ranging from constitutional reform processes, to federalism, gender, indigenous peoples, and term limits, please scroll down.

ConstitutionNet Analyses - Voices from the Field
  Slovenia: Constitutionalizing the right to water through popular initiative
Špela Kunej
Greece’s constitutional reform process: Towards direct democracy and secularism?
Dr Ioannis N. Grigoriadis
Irish constitutional debate on abortion and the resort to Citizens’ Assemblies
Anne Marlborough
Zambia’s constitutional referendum: More rights, questionable legitimacy?
Professor Cephas Lumina
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What we are reading this month
  Op-ed: Resolving India’s constitutional standoff on judicial appointments
Op-ed: Does the Lebanese constitution need a new power-sharing formula?
Op-ed: Will Italy be Europe’s next casualty as Renzi risks all on constitutional referendum?
Op-ed: Thailand’s constitutional referendum: Drafting process, content and political implications
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Latin America and the Caribbean
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