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Federalism and Judicial Review in Mexico and the United States

POSTED | Apr 26, 2018

David García Sarubbi argues that in federal systems, constitutional interpretation should be decentralized and shared by federal and state courts. He traces the different approaches...More

Federalism in Libya?

POSTED | Apr 26, 2018

Federica Saini Fasanatti suggests that now is the time for serious consideration to be given to creating a federal system of government in Libya. She contends...More

Federal Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Sanctuary Jurisdictions

POSTED | Apr 26, 2018

The Seventh Circuit has upheld a district court's judgment that the Justice Department cannot withhold public-safety grants from jurisdictions that do not give federal immigration...More

Is Energy Development on Native American Lands Too Limited?

POSTED | Apr 26, 2018

Katie Tubb criticizes the federal government's management of lands held by Native Americans, contending that regulations unfairly limit the production of energy resources. Read more here.

Abbott v. Perez Heard by Supreme Court

POSTED | Apr 25, 2018

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in a racial gerrymandering case that could revise the shape of Texas congressional districts before the 2018 mid-term...More

Referendums in Italy Studied

POSTED | Apr 25, 2018

Erika Arban writes that referendums in Europe have become common tools in the last few years to decide controversial issues. She examines two such elections...More

Why Can California Require Stricter Air Quality Standards?

POSTED | Apr 25, 2018

Nicholas Bryner and Meredith Hankins explain how California received authority under the Clean Air Act to seek waivers allowing the state to impose stricter vehicle...More

Will Climate-Change Denial Lead to a Return of Nuisance Law?

POSTED | Apr 24, 2018

Mark Nevitt and Robert V. Percival write that the Trump administration's approach toward environmental protection, specifically in climate-change denial, could lead to a revival of...More

Q & A with Michael Li About Texas Racial Gerrymandering Case

POSTED | Apr 24, 2018

The Texas Observer has posted an interview with the Brennan Center for Justice's Michael Li about the Texas gerrymandering case that is currently before the...More

"Uncooperative" Federalism in India?

POSTED | Apr 24, 2018

The editorial board of Economic and Political Weekly writes that the Finance Commission has acted ably as an independent arbiter of resources between the national...More

"Free the Beer" Case Decided by Canada's Supreme Court

POSTED | Apr 24, 2018

The Supreme Court recently upheld a New Brunswick law that limits the amount of alcohol that can be carried across its border. A New Brunswick...More

Is Federalism in the United Kingdom Possible?

POSTED | Apr 24, 2018

In this op-ed, Isobel Lindsay suggests that the implementation of federalism in the United Kingdom would be far more radical than most people realize. She...More

Use of Federalism to Attack Trump Administration Criticized

POSTED | Apr 23, 2018

John York contends that since Donald Trump has become president, the Democratic Party has used claims of federalism on an unprecedented scale to attack the...More

Do Efforts to Assert Local Control Reflect "Simplistic" Understanding of Federalism?

POSTED | Apr 23, 2018

Mark Pulliam writes that subsidiarity -- the principle that political decisions should occur at the level closest to where they will have their effect --...More

The State of Federalism Talks in the Philippines

POSTED | Apr 20, 2018

In this commentary, Zoilo Dejaresco sets out the positions of various pro-federalism factions in the Philippines. Dejaresco also offers two specific suggestions for how the...More