February 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Leaders of Ukraine's anti-government protests on Monday pressed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich for further concessions, including a return to an earlier constitution that would limit presidential powers and a revival of the EU fair trade agreement (FTA). Arseny Yatsenyuk, the parliamentary... ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Following the fallout of the Watergate scandal, the nation's leaders sought legislative means of curbing the corruption that riddled political campaigns. The avenue of such an attack was centered on restrictions of financial contributions to political candidates. Following the passage of FECA in ...[read more]
June 4, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On June 4, 1897, Congress passed the Organic Act of 1897 with the aims of resolving controversy surrounding presidential powers and protecting existant forest reserves from elimination. The act stated that the president could only establish a national forest reserve for the purpose of either ...[read more]
May 13, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On May 13, 2010, the upper house of the Kazakhstan Parliament passed a constitutional amendment granting significant additional powers to President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The lower house of Parliament had approved the amendment the day before. The amendment would have extended significant ...[read more]
December 29, 2012
by Arjun Mishra
On December 29, 2010, the bicameral Kazakhstan Parliament agreed to hold a referendum proposing to bypass the next two presidential elections and extend President Nursultan Nazarbayev's reign until 2020. In June 2010, Nazarbayev had refused to sign a law that would have granted him presidential ...[read more]
December 9, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday ended a controversial decree that had greatly expanded his presidential powers. Although the move was viewed as a concession to protesters who had called for the end of the decree, Morsi refused to push the constitutional referendum on Egypt's draft ...[read more]
November 30, 2012
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A spokesperson for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Friday that Pillay has sent a letter to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi urging him to reconsider a recent decree expanding presidential powers. Pillay worries that the Constitutional Declaration, while a welcome effort ...[read more]
November 28, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Egyptian Court of Cassation on Wednesday suspended work until President Mohammed Morsi rescinds a decree he issued last week that removes judicial review of his actions and vastly expands his power, according to Egypt's state television. In addition to these highest appeals courts, the lower ...[read more]
August 5, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On August 5, 2008, the Venezuelan Supreme Court upheld a list blocking 272 political candidates from running for office because of suspected corruption. Opponents alleged that many of the names on the list were opponents of President Hugo Chavez. His opposition had previously accused Chavez of ...[read more]
April 11, 2012
by Jonathan Cohen
JURIST Guest Columnist William G. Ross of Cumberland School of Law says that the president's remarks on judicial review of health care reform may impede Obama from making the Supreme Court an issue in the upcoming presidential election...President Obama's strange swipe at judicial review on April ...[read more]

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