During my second week at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), I continued my work on the ElectionJudgments database by writing and more case summaries for jurisprudence in Colombia, Lebanon, the United States, and Zambia. Writing case summaries on election-related cases in Colombia provided me with my first exposure to election litigation in a civil-law context which I found was more heavily reliant on statutes than I was accustomed with common law jurisdictions. My work on Colombian jurisprudence also exposed me to ideas about laws designed to encourage female representation and discourage nepotism and corruption. With the Lebanese jurisprudence, I learned more about the sensitive need for the branches of Lebanese government to have a more stringent separation of powers. In the United States and Zambia, I drafted and edited case summaries that I already started. Even though there are no new cases on the database, please expect these summaries to be uploaded in the coming weeks. To find out more about ElectionJudgments, please use the link at the bottom of the blog.
Aside from the ElectionJudgments blog, I also worked on some auxiliary projects related to different topics. From last week, I have continued to perform research on comparative approaches to regulating attorneys in election-related jurisprudence. This week I started research on current security risks in several Sub-Saharan African countries. Furthermore, I unexpectedly dipped my toes in the world of video editing. I am currently adding captions to a series of videos on election-related jurisprudence in the United States. If law does not work out after all, perhaps video-editing may be in my future. That was a joke of course (hopefully).