Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Bangladesh Secularlism Case
This is a very interesting case in the Bangladesh Supreme Court. It concerns the validity of a constitutional amendment challenging the deletion of secularism from the constitutional text. It is unclear from the press report as to what precisely the Bangladesh Supreme Court has done. One reading suggests that the Court has lifted a stay against the amendment that was granted by a lower court. Another interpretation is that the Court has lifted a stay against the high court order that overturned the amendment. Hopefully, I'll have a colleague from Bangladesh clarify for us. In any event, I think this case demonstrates the importance of developing a better understanding of comparative constitutionalism in South Asia.