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.
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.
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 vehicle for conflict resolution. This project contributes to the evidence base, and also provides data which can connect with our other data processes.
Christine Bell and Asanga Welikala (GJA, UoE); Kimana Zulueta-Fülscher and Sumit Bisarya (International IDEA Constitution-building Unit),
Key Publications (search for more):
- Bell, C., & et.al. (2014). Interim Constitutions in Post-Conflict Settings (PSRP Report in Cooperation with IDEA). Stockholm: International IDEA.
- Bell, C., & Zulueta-Fülscher, K. (2016). Sequencing Peace Agreements and Constitutions in the Political Settlement Process. Stockholm: International IDEA.
- Global Constitutionalism Journal Special Issue: Constitution-making and political settlements in times of transition
- Bell, C. (2016). Bargaining on Constitutions: Political Settlements and Constitutional State-building (University of Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 23). Edinburgh: School of Law.
- International IDEA. (2018). Interactions between Elections and Constitution-Building Processes in Fragile and Conflict-affected States (PSRP Report). Stockholm: International IDEA.
- Sapiano, J. (2016). Constitution-Building in Political Settlement Processes: The Quest for Inclusion, Discussion Report. Stockholm: International IDEA.
- Zulueta-Fülscher, K., Bell, C., & et.al. (2015). Interim Constitutions: Peacekeeping and Democracy-Building Tools, Final Report (PSRP Report in Cooperation with IDEA). Stockholm: International IDEA.
- Zulueta-Fülscher, K., & Welikala, A. (2017). Substate Constitutions in Fragile and Conflict-affected Settings. Stockholm: International IDEA.
Photo: Nikoletta Majewska
- Author : Harriet Cornell
- Category : Comparative, Peace Processes
- Date : July 16, 2015
- Tags : Evidence & Indicators Measurement Success & Failure