Editorial: A New Year and New Plans for the Blog

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Happy New Year!

After our relatively brief hiatus, the IACL-AIDC Blog is back in action for 2019. We plan to build on the extraordinary success of our re-launch at the IACL World Congress in Seoul in June 2018, and this year is already shaping up to be the biggest year yet for the Blog. This editorial aims to just give you a brief snapshot of our starting position as we launch into the new year, and a flavour of what to expect in the coming months.

Forthcoming Posts

We already have a range of interesting posts today, this week, and in the coming weeks - including today’s post by Esther Seijas Villadangos, providing an international perspective on our last Blog Symposium of 2018, on the Citizens’ Assembly in Ireland, forthcoming posts on the rule-of-law crisis in Poland and the Indian Supreme Court’s recent decision on adultery, and a number of author reviews and book reviews.

New Partnerships

We are also delighted to announce three new partnerships with globally leading organisations and initiatives:

  • EURAC/Institute for Comparative Federalism: The Institute carries out comparative studies and applied research on federal, regional and local governmental trends predominantly, but not exclusively, from a legal perspective. We investigate the legal tools for coping with the management of ever more complex governance and decision-making processes in multi-level systems both within Europe and worldwide. Read more here.

  • Constitution Transformation Network (ConTransNet): ConTransNet brings together researchers and practitioners to explore the phenomenon of constitutional transformation in a globalised world. ConTransNet's Melbourne and Global Network members have experience across all regions of the world, with a particular focus on Asia and the Pacific, and engage in academic research, events and training as well as advice to state and non-state actors. Read more here.

  • Democratic Decay Resource (DEM-DEC): DEM-DEC is a is an online resource designed to assist researchers and policymakers focused on the deterioration of democratic rule worldwide – and to help them work together. It provides an information hub and platform for collaboration through a mixture of curated and user-generated content, including an Experts Database, Events Database, Research Updates, Teaching Materials, Concept Index, and Links. Today we post a regular post summarizing DEM-DEC’s monthly Research Update (for January 2019), which to date has been published exclusively on Verfassungsblog. Read more here.

Welcoming New Blog Team Member Toerien van Wyk

We also have the pleasure to welcome a new member to our team: Toerien van Wyk. Toerien will be our Associate Editor, assisting with managing the Blog, copy editing, and helping us drive the Blog forward. From Johannesburg, Toerien’s interests are in comparative constitutional law, fundamental rights and access to information, and she has previously worked in a variety of roles, including as a legal consultant, a human rights researcher, a law lecturer, and as Co-Director of the South African History Archive, a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting struggles for justice using access to information laws and archival practice. You can see her full bio here. Welcome Toerien!

Regional Columnists - To be Announced Soon!

As indicated since re-launch, as part of the mission to ensure that the IACL-AIDC Blog operates as a truly global blog, and to provide 'added value' beyond isolated blog posts themselves, we will shortly introduce a number of Regional Columnists who will provide periodic overviews of recent and forthcoming constitutional developments in a given region of the world during each year. Stay tuned for more news.

IACL Events

To make it easier to find upcoming IACL events we have created a new tab devoted to these announcements. You can find it directly under the Blog logo on the Homepage. One click and you’re there!


We are sincerely grateful to everyone who has contributed to the new-look Blog since June, to past contributors, and to the wider global community of constitutionalists who have made the Blog what it is today. If you haven’t yet contributed to the Blog, or have previously contributed, don’t hesitate to send us your submissions, ideas for blog posts or blog symposia, suggestions for author interviews or book reviews - or anything else you would like to see on the Blog. All communications can be sent to iacl.blogeditor@gmail.com. See the Submissions section for more details.

As ever, we are sincerely grateful to the IACL for all its support for our work, and in particular, to the new President of the IACL, Professor Adrienne Stone. We wish the Association, and all our readers worldwide, the very best for 2019,

Dr Erika Arban and Dr Tom Gerald Daly


Suggested Citation: Erika Arban and Tom Gerald Daly, ‘Editorial: A New Year and New Plans for the Blog’ IACL-AIDC Blog (21 January 2019) https://blog-iacl-aidc.org/2019-posts/2019/1/16/editorial-a-new-year-and-many-plans