Now, after setting the ground for his concluding analysis, Prof Baxi referred to Gary Jacobson who expounded upon the concept of a ‘constitutional identity’. Constitutional identity, according to Prof. Baxi, is always in a flux, and cannot be ascertained or ascribed to one ideal. Constitutional identity is not robust, but rather permeable. In this context, he remarked that the Constitution is often what the judges make of it. Judges try to make sense of the text, and thus Charles Hughes’s adage that a “constitution is what the judges say it is”, is nothing but true, at least in the domain of identities shaping constitutional functioning, Further, since this determination (of the what the constitution is) is only possible when the judges declare what the constitution is; we don’t know what it is till the judges tell us so; thus making the meaning of the constitution always operate in a limbo, or in air, and therefore it is up for grabs by the judges, … [Read more...] about Every Activist Judge In India Is A Linear Descendant Of Jaiprakash Narayan: Prof. Upendra Baxi [Video]
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Thus, identification and acceptance of human rights as an international issue by the world community has led to the establishment of a vast system of laws, treaties, and international organizations. Most states today recognize some limits to their sovereignty and, at least ostensibly, acquiesce to agreements and covenants designed to protect those rights. Before World War II, such a concept would have been deemed untenable, as state sovereignty remained the norm of international relations. The states were the final arbiter in the treatment of their citizens, and other countries should refrain from intervening in their affairs. The Holocaust and atrocities associated with the Nazi regime catalyzed the human rights movement, propelling the issue into the international arena. While South Asian discourse on the importance of human rights has incessantly swelled since the end of World War II, many states continue to violate a broad range of human rights. In fact, some of the worst human … [Read more...] about Human Rights Discourse in South Asia
Madiba reminds us that: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart.” Love comes more naturally to the human heart, let’s remember that truth. Let’s see it as our North Star, let’s be joyful in our struggle to make that truth manifest here on earth so that in 100 years from now, future generations will look back and say, “They kept the march going, that’s why we live under new banners of freedom.” Thank you very much, South Africa, thank you. … [Read more...] about Read the Transcript of Obama’s Speech Defending Democracy
In 2016, Crawford Architects, an international firm, was promoting a proposal — never adopted — for renovating KCI. According to Reed’s report on his Montreal trip, he and the four other members (Loar, Justus, Lucas and Fowler) were dinner guests of the firm. Justus said she did not go. … [Read more...] about Since 2016, KC council spent $155K traveling to Cuba, Canada, Hawaii. Was it worth it?