Viktor Yanukovych: From partner to violent kleptocrat

Viktor Yanukovych: From partner to violent kleptocrat

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Over the course of four years the international image of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has evolved from partner to violent kleptocrat.
TARAS KUZIO, UPI Outside View Commentator
Petition to void Thai election rejected; related petition still alive

Petition to void Thai election rejected; related petition still alive

BANGKOK, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A petition to nullify Thailand's general election was rejected Friday on procedural grounds, the country's ombudsman said, but a second was pending.

Italian court sends restrictive reproduction law to higher court

ROME, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Rome lower court requested a review of the country's ban on screening for genetic diseases, part of the country's restrictive reproduction law, Monday.

Court says Thai elections can be postponed if necessary

BANGKOK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Friday elections scheduled Feb. 2 can be postponed. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra disagrees.

Pro-government 'red shirt' leader shot, wounded north of Bangkok

BANGKOK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A pro-government leader was shot in Thailand as protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's administration persisted despite a state of emergency.

Russian court upholds 'gay propaganda' law as constitutional

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Russia's highest court ruled Wednesday a law banning "gay propaganda" was constitutional.

German legislative chamber to seek ban of neo-Nazi party

BERLIN, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- States represented in the upper house of the German parliament say they will try again to ban a neo-Nazi party they claim is damaging the country's democracy.

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Thailand rejects senate amendments

(UPI) --Thailand's Constitutional Court rejected proposals from the ruling party, Pheu Thai, to make it so the Senate becomes fully elected and rejected to dissolve the ruling party.
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France observing fracking developments

LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Despite a moratorium, France is observing developments in the shale natural gas sector with keen interest, a French development official said.

Turkey celebrates 90th anniversary on Republic Day

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Turkey kicked off its 90th anniversary Tuesday with a ceremony at the mausoleum of the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

GDF Suez: Shale answer to Europe's woes

DAEGU, South Korea, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Opening up to shale oil and natural gas in Europe could ensure long-term energy security for the region, an executive at French energy company GDF Suez said.

Ukrainian president and European values

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- When Viktor Yanukovych was elected president a lot of Ukrainians hoped that he had become more democratically minded. They were completely wrong.
YURIY LUKANOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

European court: Italy must increase payments over HIV-tainted blood

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Italy must adjust damage payments to people who were given HIV-tainted blood to account for inflation, a European court said Tuesday.

Seoul mulls asking Japan to discuss WWII sex slavery issue

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- South Korea is considering asking Japan to discuss compensating women forced to be sex slaves to Japanese troops in World War II, a government official said.
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Constitutional Court
Supporters of Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich rally outside the Constitutional Court in Kiev on April 20, 2007. Yanukovich expressed his hope on Friday to eliminate all differences next week with President Yushchenko and end a standoff over the president's dissolution of parliament. (UPI Photo/Sergey Starostenko)

A constitutional court is a high court that deals primarily with constitutional law. Its main authority is to rule on whether or not laws that are challenged are in fact unconstitutional, i.e. whether or not they conflict with constitutionally established rights and freedoms.

The list in this article is of countries that have a separate constitutional court. Many countries do not have separate constitutional courts, but instead delegate constitutional judicial authority to their supreme court. Nonetheless, such courts are sometimes also called "constitutional courts"; for example, some have called the Supreme Court of the United States "the world's oldest constitutional court" because it was the first court in the world to invalidate a law as unconstitutional (Marbury v. Madison), even though it is not a separate constitutional court. Austria established the world's first separate constitutional court, conceptualised by Hans Kelsen, in 1920 (though it was suspended, along with the constitution that created it, from 1934 to 1945); before that, only the U.S. and Australia had adopted the concept of judicial review through their supreme courts.

Countries with separate constitutional courts include:

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