Leading Cases in Maltese Constitutional Law by Dr Tonio Borg is collection of constitutional cases comprising 100 landmark decisions of our Courts of Law, particularly of the Constitutional Court, in the last 100 years. Prior to 1961, where there was no human rights chapter in our Constitution, controversies usually hovered over election of candidates to the Legislature, or the illegal deportation of British subjects during the war. The famous and audacious ultra vires judgments delivered by Chief Justice Sir Arturo Mercieca following the suspension and withdrawal of the 1921 self-government Constitution are included in this work. In the post-Independence era, most decisions have focused on human rights and their gradual development into a subject in its own right. Does a person charged with a criminal offence have a right to access to a Court and a Court alone? Does he have a right to choose his own lawyer? Are statements given by a suspected person valid if a lawyer was not present during Police interrogation? Are laws enacted in breach of European Union legislation unconstitutional? Does a foreigner enjoy the right to address a political meeting in Malta? What is the meaning of ‘adequate compensation’ in the context of expropriations? Are Malta’s restrictive rent laws compatible with the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights?
These and several other points and issues of a constitutional nature are contained in this book. Each case is preceded by a short summary. At the end of each judgment, reduced to a citation of the main parts, the author registers his own short comments on each case. All judgments have been translated into English from the original Italian version (pre-1934) and original Maltese language.
Navigating the Maltese Mediascape edited by Joseph Borg and Mary Anne Lauri includes 5 chapters on media law. Philip Micallef in the foreword to this title states: “Navigating the Maltese Mediascape is a first rate work by first rate professional experts in the field providing excellent, original, well-researched and futuristic insights into a topic that deserves all the attention it can get. It is a fascinating collection of papers by an array of some of the most knowledgeable professionals on the local and international media scene.” The chapters on media law are the following:
Gagging the Press in Malta since Independence – and its International Overview, Judge Giovanni Bonello
Libel and Defamation – A View from the Bench, Chief Justice Emeritus Vincent A. De Gaetano
The Media and Defamation Act, 2018: A Critical Appraisal, Prof Kevin Aquilina
Malta’s Media Law within a European Context, Dr Francis Zammit Dimech
Reflections on the Regulatory Set-Up of Broadcasting Media in Malta, Dr Paul Edgar Micallef
9 kriżijiet miktub minn Dr Tonio Borg jiffoka fuq kriżijiet parlamentari; uħud imnebbħa minn punt ta’ prinċipju, oħrajn riżultat ta’ ambizzjonijiet, opportuniżmu, kunflitti jew eroiżmu. X’kienet ir-raġuni tal-ewwel kriżi governattiva sitt xhur biss wara li Malta ngħatat is-self-government? Għala l-Partit Popolari Malti ma riedx jaċċetta lil Nerik Mizzi fi ħdanu? Għaliex saret l-ewwel u l-unika koalizzjoni bejn in-Nazzjonalisti u l-Laburisti fl-1922? Il-għala Nerik Mizzi darbtejn waqqa’ l-Gvern? Il-għala l-Gvern ta’ Gerald Strickland ma setax jgħaddi l-Baġit mis-Senat? Kont taf li l-Gvern Laburista ta’ Pawlu Boffa baqa’ jmexxi waħdu sitt xhur wara l-Isplit ikkaġunat minn Mintoff? X’ġara lill-Gvern minoritarju Nazzjonalista wara l-Gwerra? Il-għala waqgħet l-Ewwel Koalizzjoni Borg Olivier-Boffa fl-1953? Għaliex Joe Cole, Deputat Mexxej tal-Partit ta’ Boffa, waqqa’ t-Tieni Koalizzjoni PN-MWP fl-1954? X’kienet ir-raġuni vera li għaliha Mintoff waqqa’ l-Gvern Laburista fl-1998? X’kienu l-ġrajjiet li wasslu għall-vot kontra fil-Parlament f’Diċembru 2012?
Dawn u kwistjonijiet oħra ta’ xejra politika u legali, jinstabu f’dan il-ktieb ta’ Tonio Borg. Dr Borg jiddiskuti dak li ġara fil-Parlament u jiddeskrivi b’referenza għal dibattiti parlamentari u l-gazzetti ta’ kull żmien kull kriżi li fiha l-gvern tal-ġurnata tilef il-maġġoranza fil-Leġiżlatura…disa’ darbiet b’kollox mill-1921.