In March 2012, Constitutional Transitions held a symposium on the constitutional reformation of the Middle East and North Africa region in the wake of the Arab Spring. The papers presented at the symposium are collected in this special edition of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, with an introduction by Constitutional Transitions Faculty Director Sujit Choudhry, and address: Islamic constitutionalism; judicial interpretation under Islamic law; the Turkish Constitutional Court; Turkey’s tradition of authoritarian constitutionalism; and civil-military relations in Turkey. For more information and videos from the 2012 symposium, click here.
Contributions to the Symposium
- “Constitutional transitions in the Middle East: Introduction” by Sujit Choudhry
- “Designing Islamic constitutions: Past trends and options for a democratic future” by Clark B. Lombardi
- “Judicial institutions, the legitimacy of Islamic state law and democratic transition in Egypt: Can a shift toward a common law model of adjudication improve the prospects of a successful democratic transition?” by Mohammad Fadel
- “Courts and constitutional transition: Lessons from the Turkish case” by Aslı Bâli
- “Between text and context: Turkey’s tradition of authoritarian constitutionalism” by Turkuler Isiksel
- “The Turkish “model” of civil–military relations” by Ozan O. Varol