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A new commentary on the Constitution

'Een nieuw commentaar op de Grondwet' is the title of a book published this week. The book uses 35 essays to describe the importance of the Constitution to the Dutch democratic rule of law.

The book’s editors are Afshin Elian and Bastiaan Rijpkema, from the Department of Jurisprudence. Four staff members from the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law wrote essays on articles of the Constitution.
Gert Jan Geertjes wrote on the constitutionality of the current practice of appointing Secretaries of State (Article 46 Constitution) and dissolution of the House of Representatives in the current coalition landscape (Article 64 Constitution).
Hans-Martien ten Napel’s essay deals with the practice of religious freedom (Article 6 of the Constitution).
Jan-Peter Loof wrote about the principle of equality (Article 1 of the Constitution): a living norm with many different dimensions.
Annemarie Drahmann discusses whether it is time for a fundamental right to government information (Article 110 of the Constitution).

Find out more? The Dutch publication is for sale here.

An event, ‘Wat heb ik aan de Grondwet’, to launch the book will be held on 7 December at De Balie in Amsterdam. You are welcome to attend this event (language is Dutch). More information is available here.

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