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Bargaining on Constitutions: Political Settlements and Constitutional State-building

Bargaining on Constitutions: Political Settlements and Constitutional State-building Bell, C. (2017) Policy point: • Constitutional theory is a resource for those seeking to promote constitutionalism as tool for reaching political settlements to resolve conflict. • Constitutions need to be understood as just as political and fraught as other institution-building efforts. Abstract: This article considers the […]

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Letting off Steam: Interim Constitutions as a Safety Valve to the Pressure-Cooker of Transitions in Conflict-Affected States?

Letting off Steam: Interim Constitutions as a Safety Valve to the Pressure-Cooker of Transitions in Conflict-Affected States? Rodrigues, C. (2017) Abstract: Recent years have seen considerably more attention being given to constitution-making as a field of deliberate study and practice, particularly with regards to the challenges and opportunities posed by constitution-making in conflict-affected states. A […]

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The Alchemists: Courts as Democracy-Builders in Contemporary Thought

The Alchemists: Courts as Democracy-Builders in Contemporary Thought Daly, T. G. (2017) Abstract: Can courts really ‘build’ democracy in a state emerging from undemocratic rule? In contemporary thought, courts are perceived as central components in any political settlement aimed at achieving a functioning democratic order in a previously authoritarian state (this piece, unlike others in […]

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Courting Peace: Judicial Review and Peace Jurisprudence

Courting Peace: Judicial Review and Peace Jurisprudence Sapiano, J. (2017) Abstract: The current debate measuring the trade-offs between democracy and judicial review is unable to analyse the influence of courts in post-conflict states. However, a court with authority over constitutional review is commonplace in new constitutions, including those that have been drafted (or revised) as […]

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Interim Constitutions in Post-Conflict Settings

Interim Constitutions in Post-Conflict Settings Citation:  Download the report. Policy points: • Interim constitution need to be understood as a possible option. • Context matters and needs to be considered. • There is knowledge to draw from interim constitution processes and documents that worked. • This report provides a number of contextual considerations and issues […]

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Interim Constitutions: Peacekeeping and Democracy-Building Tools, Final Report

Interim Constitutions: Peacekeeping and Democracy-Building Tools, Final Report Citation: Download the policy paper. Policy points: • Interim constitutions have the potential to facilitate consensus over time, cultivate culture of participatory constitutionalism and address sequencing issues regarding elections and institutions to implement constitutional frameworks. • The international community has a role to play in the development […]

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International Gender Equality Norms and the Local Peacemaking Political Settlement

International Gender Equality Norms and the Local Peacemaking Political Settlement Citation: Download the working paper 6. Policy points: • International interventions shaped by international gender norms commitment and expertise can re-structure local incentives and lead to local gender equality actors being taken seriously. • External interventions based on gender equality norms can usefully challenge local […]

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Sequencing Peace Agreements and Constitutions in the Political Settlement Process

Sequencing Peace Agreements and Constitutions in the Political Settlement Process Citation:  Download the report Policy points: • Sequencing political settlement processes matters for successful transitions from conflict to stable constitutional order. In some cases, staged constitution-making processes are necessary. • Constitution-making processes require public participation but also sufficient elite buy-in to build a political settlement. […]

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