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Constitution-making Project


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),

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