Justice Alito speaks on panel about Italian constitutional system

first_imgThe Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies hosted the book launch for the book, “Italian Constitutional Justice in Global Context,” on Wednesday afternoon. The book was co-authored by a group of four legal scholars that includes Paolo Carozza, a Notre Dame law professor, and Andrea Simoncini, a visiting fellow and professor of constitutional law at the University of Florence, and focuses on the Italian constitutional court system and the lessons it contains for constitutional legal studies around the world.As part of the launch, Kellogg and the Potenziani Program arranged a panel of speakers who were involved with the writing and editing of the book, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and the O’Toole Professor of Constitutional Law, Anthony J. Bellia. Simoncini also spoke on the panel.Alito, who wrote his senior thesis on the Italian constitutional courts, said the Italian court is particularly deserving of study by the English-speaking world.“One of the great opportunities I’ve had is to compare how I do things with other judges and justices,” he said.Simoncini said he and his co-authors realized there was a lack of Italian constitutional study in the English language, which is mainly due to the lack of translations available.“It was surprising to hear decisions from Albania and Zimbabwe talked about and studied, but the Italian counterparts were not,” he said, “I found this to be because Italy did not translate their decisions, and so they had no bearing on matters of global constitutionalism.”Alito said constitutional law procedure differs drastically in courts around the world, and these differences are a mechanism through which the American court system and it’s many unique facets can be evaluated.“Judicial review used to be unthinkable,” Alito said. “Here, in our idea of judicial review, the Constitution is law, but a higher form of the law. If the law clashes with the Constitution, constitutionality is debated and litigation arises.”Alito said this perception of judicial review may be derived from variances in how scholars and philosophers around the world think about rights, but that judicial review holds a very important place in American constitutional law.“Judicial review serves to protect against rights violations in the future,” Alito said.Alito said the idea of using legal precedent to substantiate legal decisions in the Supreme Court has become a topic of much debate by legal scholars, and he believes this practice does not account for differences in value systems between countries.“The point that emerges from looking at different cases, while Europe and America agree on certain values, it is simplistic to rely on counting up foreign decisions,” Alito said.Alito said in the U.S. justice system, there is at least a connection to the democratic process, as elected officials are still held accountable to their constituents for decisions to accept candidates for the Supreme Court or not.“Judges are appointed by an elected president and confirmed by elected members of congress, with only a majority,” Alito said.Alito said this contrasts sharply with other international courts, whose procedure helps to preserve courts as “judicial bodies and not political bodies.”Paolo Carozza, director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, said the book was a deeply collaborative venture that was the product of friendly discussion.“We didn’t take different chapters, each chapter was written by four pairs of hands,” Carozza said. “One person would write a chapter and then it was circulated for comments and editing.”Simoncini said the collaborative nature of the book is perfectly suited to the subject matter, as the global community can draw important lessons from comparing their varying modes of operation.“The dialogue between different constitutional scholars was not only the content of our work, but also the methodology,” Simoncini said.Carozza said the way the book was written was exemplar of Notre Dame “as a community of friendship and learning.”He also said the contributions the book will make to the study of comparative global constitutionalism “pales in comparison to the ways in which we, as a University, will impact the world.”Tags: Constitutional Studies, Kellogg Institue, Potenziani Minor in Constitutional Studies, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Didi Dramani rues missed chances as Kotoko held

first_imgMas-Ud Didi Dramani is now concerned about Asante Kotoko’s ruthlessness at the other end after a frustrating 0-0 draw with Hearts of Oak on Sunday.The Glo Premier League champions dominated possession after a slow start at the Baba Yara Stadium but failed to convert clear-cut chances as they wasted the opportunity to join the top-four of the table.Kofi Nti Boakye, Michael Helegbe, Ben Acheampong, Michael Akuffu and Daniel Nii Adjei all missed opportunities for Kotoko although the visitors were fortunate to survive, courtesy a solid performance from goalkeeper Tetteh Lugard.The Porcupine Warriors are still the only side unbeaten after seven matches in the Premier League but they are nowhere near the scoring form that helped them to the title last season.“Matches involving Kotoko and Hearts of Oak has always been difficult. It was a very good and tactical game. We failed to take the opportunities we created,” Didi Dramani, whose side sit sixth on the standings said.However the Kotoko coach is content with a point after the visitors who were reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Alhassan Ali with ten minutes of play remaining had an effort from a Laryea Kingston freekick cleared off the line in the first half. “But the result is good. I wanted a win against Hearts [of Oak] but in a league, getting a draw in a game like this is good.”Asante Kotoko travel to the Tema Stadium to play Tema Youth on Sunday.last_img read more

Rep LaFave votes to make state government more accountable

first_img19Mar Rep. LaFave votes to make state government more accountable Categories: LaFave News,News Plan extends open record requirements to governor, LegislatureState Rep. Beau LaFave today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal, which he co-sponsored.“Citizens have a right to know what their government is doing,” LaFave said. “With these common-sense reforms, the public will be able to hold the Legislature and the governor accountable.”Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved today would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

Liberty Global has contracted logistics specialist

first_imgLiberty Global has contracted logistics specialist Norbert Dentressangle to provide e-fulfilment services for the company in German.Netherlands-based Norbert Dentressangle, which already provides logistics for Liberty Global’s operations in the Netherlands, will double its e-fulfilment activities for the company from its Venray facility.Norbert Dentressangle will begin fulfilling orders for Unitymedia Kabel BW customers in June. Liberty Global plans to use the Venray facility as its core European distribution centre, with regional centres operating in different countries.However, the facility will handle regional distribution both for the Netherlands and Liberty Global’s networks in Germany as the two regions are geographically close.last_img read more