Supporting Constitution Building on the Front-Lines
Constitutional Transitions ran the Constitutional Transitions Clinic at the New York University School of Law from Fall 2012 through Spring 2014, which provided “back office” research support to constitutional advisors in the field, and deployed faculty experts and student interns for support on the ground. We met field missions’ needs for comprehensive research, dramatically enhancing their eeffectiveness and efficiency in their role as policy advisors and actors.
The Components of the Constitutional Transitions Clinic
The components of the Constitutional Transitions Clinic’s support for International IDEA's constitution building activities consisted of:
- “Back Office”: A team of 10 law student researchers (working 20 hours/week), based at NYU Law, responded to requests from the field for focused research support.
- Field researchers: NYU Law interns were stationed with the client to anchor the project.
- Faculty experts: NYU Law faculty members were deployed as short-term foreign experts.
The Constitutional Transitions Clinic published six reports, translated into Arabic, jointly with International IDEA, and (for three reports) the United Nations Development Programme. In addition, faculty experts and student interns produced research memos and opinions drawing lessons from global best practices to support constitutional processes, and participated in expert meetings on Egypt, Jordan, Libya, and Tunisia.