CT, Forum of Federations and International IDEA Release Territory & Power in Constitutional Transitions

CT, the Forum of Federations and International IDEA, have released a policy paper, “Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions”. To read more about the policy paper and to download it click here. Collective demands for the constitutional accommodation of territorial cleavages are pervasive across very diverse contexts. In many countries, political identification on the basis […]

CT and International IDEA Release Report on Semi-Presidentialism in Ukraine

Sujit Choudhry, together with Thomas Sedelius of Dalarna University and Julia Kyrychenko of the Centre for Policy and Legal Reform, released their report, “Semi-Presidentialism and Inclusive Governance in Ukraine: Reflections for Constitutional Reform” at an international roundtable on April 20 in Kiev, Ukraine. To read more about the report and to download it (in English and Ukrainian) […]

Sujit Choudhry Speaks at Semi-Presidentialism Roundtable in Ukraine

Choudhry joined constitutional experts to discuss constitutional challenges in Ukraine  CT Director Sujit Choudhry joined top constitutional experts in Kiev, Ukraine on July 10th to discuss the semi-presidential system of government in Ukraine and the constitutional challenges it is currently facing. The workshop was hosted by major think tank in Ukraine, the Center of Policy and Legal Reform  and the […]

IDEA Publishes Working Paper on Territorial Cleavages and Constitutional Transitions

International IDEA has published Constitutional Transitions and Territorial Cleavages, a Working Paper by George Anderson and Sujit Choudhry, as part of the  Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions project. This Working Paper presents a framework for considering constitutional transitions that involve significant territorial cleavages. It is designed to assist political leaders, citizens and advisers engaged […]

CT Clinic Releases Reports on Combatting Corruption & Decentralization

The Constitutional Transitions Clinic has released three more reports: “Combating Corruption: Constitutional Frameworks for the Middle East and North Africa”; “Decentralization in Unitary States: Constitutional Frameworks for the Middle East and North Africa”; and “Oil and Natural Gas: Constitutional Frameworks for the Middle East and North Africa”. Constitutional Transitions ran the Constitutional Transitions Clinic at the New York University School […]

Constitutional Reform Processes and Security Sector Reform: Expert Meeting Held in The Hague

On 3 & 4 April 2014, Constitutional Transitions convened the first expert network meeting for our ongoing research project, “Constitutional Reform Processes and Security Sector Reform: Principles for Practice,” in The Hague, Netherlands. The meeting brought together a global network of experts to present case studies on ten countries that have undergone security sector reform […]

CT Clinic Researchers Present Draft Reports in Tunis

From 30 March to 3 April 2014, the Constitutional Transitions Clinic travelled to Tunis, Tunisia. The clinic’s student researchers participated in a full-day conference on 1 April, presenting preliminary findings of research on issues of constitutional design in the wake of the Arab Spring, which the students have been investigating since September 2013. Working in […]

Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions: Authors’ Conference held in Zaragoza

On 28 and 29 March 2014, the Authors’ Conference of our ongoing research project “Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions” took place in Zaragoza, Spain. The project is a partnership between Constitutional Transitions, the Forum of Federations, International IDEA, the Manuel Giménez Abad Foundation, and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. The Abad Foundation […]

CT Releases Reports on Constitutional Courts and Semi-Presidentialism

Constitutional Transitions is proud to announce the release of three reports as part of a series of thematic, comparative research reports on issues in constitutional design that have arisen in the wake of the Arab Spring. The first report, Constitutional Courts after the Arab Spring: Appointment mechanisms and relative judicial independence, discusses and analyses four models […]

UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States’ Regional Center in Cairo Joins Clinic Partnership

The Constitutional Transitions Clinic is pleased to announce that for its second year, the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Arab States, through its Regional Center in Cairo, will be joining the existing clinical partnership with the West Asia and North Africa Office of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). This […]

Project Launch: Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions

Constitutional Transitions is partnering with the Forum of Federations, International IDEA, the Manuel Giménez Abad Foundation, and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs’ Policy and Mediation Division for its research project, “Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions.”  The project’s focus includes issues arising from particular territorial, political, and collective demands for constitutional accommodation in contexts of constitutional transition. With twenty-six […]

Project Launch: Constitutional Reform Processes and Security Sector Reform

Constitutional Transitions is partnering with International IDEA  for its new research project, “Constitutional Reform Processes and Security Sector Reform: Principles for Practice.”  With seventeen experts from thirteen countries, the project aims to establish guiding principles for security sector reform in the context of constitution building processes, directed at individuals and groups in security sector agencies, political parties, civil society […]

CT Faculty Members Discuss Egypt’s Constitution at Roundtable Meeting in Cairo

On 13 and 14 December 2013, Constitutional Transitions Director Sujit Choudhry and Director of Research Richard Stacey attended a two-day roundtable meeting in Cairo, Egypt, analyzing and offering commentary on the then-draft Constitution of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The roundtable was organized by the West Asia and North Africa office of International IDEA and […]

CT Clinic Welcomes Second Cohort of Student Researchers

Following a highly successful first year, the Constitutional Transitions Clinic is pleased to welcome the second cohort of student researchers. The group will act as a “back office” for constitutional advisors in the field, providing them with timely and comprehensive research to improve their effectiveness as advisors in the field. This year the clinic brings […]

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki Meets with CT Clinic Student Researchers

On September 24, as part of his visit to NYU Law, Tunisian President Dr. Moncef Marzouki graciously agreed to meet with the student researchers of the Constitutional Transitions Clinic. The meeting included a discussion of his campaign to establish an International Constitutional Court. The students were also given an opportunity to ask the President questions […]

CT and NYU Law Host President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki of Tunisia

In a visit to NYU Law on September 24, Dr. Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia, delivered an address on “The Past, Present, and Future of the Arab Spring.” The event, presented by Constitutional Transitions, was introduced by Dean Trevor Morrison and Constitutional Transitions Faculty Director and Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law Sujit Choudhry. As the […]

CT and International IDEA Release Opinion on Egypt’s 2012 Constitution

In July 2013 Constitutional Transitions and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) prepared an opinion outlining strengths and weaknesses of the 2012 Egyptian Constitution. An Arabic language version of the opinion is now before the “Committee of 50,” appointed by Egypt’s interim government to draft a new constitutional text. That opinion […]

Partnership with International IDEA Enters Second Year

Following a busy and successful first year, Constitutional Transitions is about to enter the second year of its multi-faceted partnership with its current client, the West Asia and North Africa Office of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA). International IDEA, an intergovernmental organization composed of 27 member states, is a recognized […]

CT Summer Researchers Advise on Constitution Drafting from Cairo and Tunis

As part of its ongoing two-year partnership with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), Constitutional Transitions sent three students from New York University School of Law to work as summer researchers at International IDEA’s regional office in Cairo. The summer fellows each prepared a chapter for a manual that International IDEA […]

Constitutional Transitions Clinic Completes First Year

The Constitutional Transitions Clinic recently concluded its successful first year of operations. The clinic was launched by CT Director Sujit Choudhry to serve as a New York “back office” to support organizations and advisors working in the field as a part of constitution building processes. The clinic is staffed by law student researchers, who respond […]