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December 17, 2015

Constitutional clash intensifies in Poland. Both critics and supporters of the newly elected Law and Justice party have taken to the streets to voice their opinions about the party's recent maneuver to install its own nominees in Poland's constitutional court. Critics believe the party is attempting to ease the passage of its legislative programs by appointing sympathetic judges, which many have decried as unconstitutional.
New law gives Russian constitution precedence over international law. On Monday, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed legislation that permits the Constitutional Court to override international court decisions that contradict the nation's constitution. The law allows Russia to dismiss decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, which has previously ordered the country to pay compensation for various human rights abuses.
Constitutional referendum in Central African Republic marred by violence. On Sunday, some voters in the Central African Republic were unable to participate in a countrywide referendum on the proposed constitution due to gunfire and threats of violence. Although Prime Minister Mahamat Kamoun confirmed a large turnout in spite of the violence, the National Election Authority has extended the referendum to give affected voters a chance to participate.

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Drafting constitutions with Constitute and Google Docs. What happens when constitutional experts use Constitute and Google Docs to draft collaboratively? At International IDEA's recent Constitution Building Technology Fair at the National Constitution Center, we asked seven experts to do just that. Watch the Google Docs video below or read CCP co-director Zachary Elkins' piece on Medium to learn more.
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