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) click here.

The roundtable was moderated by Ihor Kogut, Chief of Party of the United States Agency for International Development’s Rada Program and Member of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine.  Kogut delivered the welcoming remarks, along with Thomas Markert, Director and Secretary of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, Fabio Della-Piazza, Head of Political Section of the European Union Mission in Ukraine, and Ihor Koliushko, Head of the Board of the Centre of Policy and Legal Reform and Oleksandr Iakymenko, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) Programme coordinator in Ukraine.

Choudhry spoke during the first session of the roundtable, focusing on the architecture of a semi-presidential government. The second session featured Sedelius, with a focus on semi-presidentialism as a power-sharing mechanism in practice. Kyrychenko spoke during the third session on topics relating to constitutional design considerations of specific relevance for Ukraine.

The meeting was hosted the Center of Policy and Legal Reform (CPLR), Ukraine’s major think tank, and International IDEA, an intergovernmental organization whose focus is on supporting sustainable democracy worldwide, the Venice Commission, and the European Union.