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

Wallabies great Stephen Moore is building his Brisbane dream home

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoAn artist’s impression of the house Graya Construction is building for former Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore. Pic supplied.He’ll have more time on his hands after retiring from rugby in October last year after playing in the Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium.Records show Moore bought the original, two-bedroom house on the site in 2009 for $1.4 million. NEW YORK CHEAPER THAN BRISBANE IS THIS QUEENSLAND’S MOST EXPENSIVE KITCHEN? AUSSIE HOME BUYERS LURED OVERSEAS The original house that Wallabies’ veteran Stephen Moore bought in Brisbane has been demolished to make way for his dream home. Pic supplied.Located on the high side of Howard Street — next door to former Bronco Darren Lockyer’s old house — the property offers panoramic views of Brisbane city and surrounds.The new house has been designed by Tim Stewart Architects and will include five bedrooms over three levels, all boasting views of the city. An artist’s impression of the house Graya Construction is building for Wallabies’ veteran Stephen Moore. Pic supplied. Stephen Moore farewells fans after playing his last match for the Wallabies after the Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images.FORMER Wallabies hooker and captain Stephen Moore is busy building his dream home in one of Brisbane’s most sought-after suburbs. The brothers behind Graya Construction have been busy tearing down a rundown, character house on a high block in arguably Paddington’s best street — Howard Street — to make way for a modern masterpiece for Moore and his young family. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE center_img Work has started on Wallabies’ veteran Stephen Moore’s dream home in Brisbane. Pic supplied. Stephen Moore and Rob Gray of Graya Construction on the site of Moore’s new home. Pic supplied.Features will include a wine cellar, PGH brickwork, concrete Caesarstone benchtops, Wolf appliances and a Sub-Zero refrigerator.Moore owns a number of other properties in Brisbane, including a house in Red Hill and units in South Brisbane and Alderley.last_img read more

Bolt wants to be ‘among best’ footballers in world

first_imgPARIS, France (AFP) — Usain Bolt conquered athletics and now the fastest man on the planet says he wants to become among the top players in world football.The Jamaican sprint legend, 30, will retire after the World Championships in London in August after a track and field career in which he has amassed eight Olympic gold medals, 11 world titles and three world records.Bolt has already made clear his desire to become a footballer, but spelling out his ambitions, the Manchester United fan told France’s So Foot magazine: “I have the ambition to become one of the top 50 (players in the world), if I get the chance to play regularly, and I want to be an attacker who scores at least 20 goals per season.”Warming to his theme, Bolt added: “I hope to have the chance to play football at the highest level.“I love this sport and it’s been in my head for many years. In the last few months I have spoken to clubs, and there have been possibilities, but nothing concrete at the moment. We are waiting to see.”Bolt previously made clear his dream was to play for United, but he is likely to get a taste of top-level football in September with Borussia Dortmund for “three or four days” of training.Dortmund have rejected suggestions it is a publicity stunt for Puma, the sports manufacturer they and Bolt use.I will see at this point whether I am as good as I hope,” Bolt said.“Football is a very physically demanding sport, and I’m not very young anymore, but I think I can play well for at least four years.”Asked if he was prepared to play in France’s second division if nothing better comes along, he replied: “Why not?“I would do it if I need to prove myself, I have to start somewhere… but I need an ambitious team.”last_img read more