Javier García Oliva

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    Is the rule of law under threat? Lessons from Spain, the UK and Brazil

Is the rule of law under threat? Lessons from Spain, the UK and Brazil

The rule of law is generally taken as a fundamental component of a healthy democracy. But as Javier García Oliva and Rafael Valim write, several countries across the world have recently seen the role of their judiciary compromised or called into question. They consider three illustrative examples: Spain and Catalonia, the UK’s parliamentary privilege, and corruption trials in Brazil.

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    Challenges on the 40th anniversary of the Spanish constitution: Can Spain find a way to accommodate Catalonia?

Challenges on the 40th anniversary of the Spanish constitution: Can Spain find a way to accommodate Catalonia?

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Spanish constitution, which came into effect on 29 December 1978. But as Javier Garcia Oliva explains, the status of Catalonia within Spain represents a major challenge for the current constitutional order. He writes that while Pedro Sanchez has an unenviable task in disentangling all of the issues surrounding Catalonia, the events […]

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    The troubling legal and political uncertainty facing Catalonia

The troubling legal and political uncertainty facing Catalonia

There is still no end in sight to the political uncertainty in Catalonia. As Javier García Oliva writes, the issue has raised questions over processes of constitutional reform in Spain. He highlights that constitutional systems tend to make amendments difficult precisely to avoid short-term political winds driving the state in directions which may be damaging to minority interests. But […]

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