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Constitution-making Project

What?

This project involves a partnership with International IDEA’s constitution-building unit. It involves a series of four workshops on: interim constitutions, sequencing of peace agreements and constitutions, sub-national constitutions, and timing of elections and constitutions.

How?

Each project entailed a workshop which involved global experts in constitution-making, and participants who have been involved in constitution-making drafting and consultation processes from key conflict states.  The workshops involved deliberation and discussion of key case studies, out of which a workshop report was produced.  This report was then developed into a fuller policy report.  Each report deals with a specific challenge with regards to the relationship between conflict resolution and constitution-making, and provides policy advice to the field.

Why?

Constitution-making and peace-making are intrinsically linked, often in complicated sequencing patterns. While peace agreements often have narrow political-military elite participation, constitution-making processes are often assumed to be vehicles for much broader participation. Little work exists on how constitution-making projects work as a vehcile for conflict resolution. This project contributes to the evidence base, and also provides data which can connect with our other data processes.

Who?

Christine Bell and Asanga Welikala (GJA, UoE); Kimana Zulueta-Fülscher and  Sumit Bisarya (International IDEA Constitution-building Unit),

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Details :
  • Author : Harriet Cornell
  • Category : Comparative, Peace Processes
  • Date : July 16, 2015
  • Tags : Evidence & Indicators Measurement Success & Failure