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La commissione di venezia e le democrazie mature. Un focus sul parere 827/2015 sulla riforma della corte costituzionale spagnola

By on June 29, 2017

Recently the Venice Commission, the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters, adopted an “Opinion on the law of 16 October 2015 amending the Organic Law No. 2/1979 on the Constitutional Court”. This comment, by analysing the Opinion, aims to highlight the growing tendency of the Commission to deal not only with new-established democracies but also with well-established democracies like, for instance, Spain. Furthermore, the comment will underline the Commission’s fundamental contribution to the process of internationalization of constitutional law through the identification of some common Europea standards and constitutional traditions.

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La illegittimità costituzionale sopravvenuta della sanzione amministrativa non travolge il giudicato. Note a margine di Corte Cost., 24 febbraio 2017, n. 43

By on May 31, 2017

In the recent decision n. 43/2017, the Constitutional Court established that the judgment on sanctions, qualified as administrative but criminal in nature, for the purpose of the Articles 6 e 7 ECHR, can not be overturned if the authorizing statute is subsequently found unconstitutional. This paper aims at addressing the problem of the relationship between the effects of the uncostitutional statute and the power to impose administrative sanctions. Moreover, it intends to verify if the nullum crimen sine lege principle is respected and if there are legal remedies to recover the penalty.

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The influence of standing committees on the forms of government

By on March 6, 2017

Parliaments have changed substantially over time, particularly in the new century, as a consequence of new phenomena appearing in the institutional landscape, such as the transfer of significant normative powers from legislatures to executives, the crisis of the parliamentary legislation and of the long standing representative function of political parties and legislatures, globalization and the deepening of processes of regional integration, mediatisation and personalization of politics, as well as the rise of populist movements. By the same token, for example we have witnessed a shift in the balance between the exercise of the legislative and the oversight function in…

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L’interesse superiore del minore come overruling “occulto”?

By on February 27, 2017

By a recent judgment, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights overturned its earlier ruling in the case Paradiso and Campanelli v. Italy, concerning surrogacy. In this case the Strasbourg judges ruled that there are no grounds to configure as “family life” the relationship between the applicants and the child that they had tried to adopt. The decisions of the Italian courts to remove the child from the prospective parents, therefore, only affect their “private life”. The Court, while emphasizing the strong emotional impact that the separation determines over the spouses, it does not believe that…

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Andrea Buratti, Giuseppe Martinico, Oreste Pollicino, Giorgio Repetto, Raffaele Torino