Challenges to democracy in the 21st century – Interview with Yves Leterme

Yves Leterme is a well-known Belgian politician. Since 2014, he has been Secretary-General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). On the 12th of October 2015, BelConLawBlog celebrated its one year existence. For this occasion we welcomed Yves Leterme to give a lecture about the challenges to democracy in the 21st century. Karen Poppeliers, master student of the Advanced Study Constitutional Law (Ghent University), further discussed the topic with mr. Leterme, which led to a very interesting interview.

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Pictures Online of Celebration 1 Year BelConLawBlog and Publication of “Recente ontwikkelingen in Belgisch grondwettelijk recht 2014-2015”

On Monday 12 October 2015, we celebrated the 1 year existence of BelConLawBlog. For this occasion, we welcomed Yves Leterme, Secretary-General of International IDEA (International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), to give a lecture on “Challenges to democracy in the 21st century”. Pictures of the event are now online and can be viewed here. An interview with mr. Leterme will be shorty posted on the blog.

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Right to happiness: a new constitutional approach

Saul Tourinho Leal, Visiting researcher at SAIFAC, PhD in Constitutional Law and President of the "Sub-Committee on Foreign Relations with South Africa" of the Brazilian Bar Association.

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Justice Albie Sachs, when closing his presentation in The College of Law’s Ray Distinguished Lecture at the University of Kentucky on April 12, 2013, stated that he believed that the establishment of the Constitution of South Africa by the Constitutional Court “brought a lot of happiness and a lot of emancipation to many people". Would it be a role of the Judiciary to assure happiness for the people? Is it appropriate for a Supreme Court to consider happiness to be a right?

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Monthly Overview – September 2015

BelConLawBlog publishes a selected reading list of (I) new scholarship on Belgian constitutional law in journals and books, (II) decisions of the Belgian Constitutional Court in which a violation of the Constitution has been found, (III) upcoming conferences, and (IV) calls for papers. In order to submit relevant developments for our monthly overview, please contact us.

This overview was composed by Ruth Delbaere (Research Assistant, UGent).

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