Why Establish CT
Past Programs
     CT Clinic (2012-2014)
     Colloquium (2012-2013 Series)
     Colloquium (Fall 2013 Series)

The Constitutional Transitions Clinic was a two year program that ran from Fall 2012 through Spring 2014 at the New York University School of Law.

The Constitutional Transitions Clinic

Constitutional Transitions mobilized knowledge through an innovative clinical program at the New York University School of Law from Fall 2012 through Spring 2014 that provided “back office” research support to constitutional advisors in the field, and deployed faculty experts and field researchers for support on the ground. We met field missions’ needs for comprehensive research, dramatically enhancing their effectiveness and efficiency in their role as policy advisors and actors.

What were the components of the Constitutional Transitions Clinic’s support for constitution building?

  • “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.

Who were our clients?

  • Client partnerships were project-specific, tied to specific constitutional transitions and a specific institutional actor.

What were our research outputs?

Six clinical reports (65 pp. each), translated into Arabic and disseminated online, and jointly published by International IDEA and Constitutional Transitions.

Year One reports:

Year Two reports (forthcoming):

  • “Anti-Corruption: Constitutional Frameworks for the Middle East and North Africa”
  • “Decentralization in Unitary States: Constitutional Frameworks for the Middle East and North Africa”
  • “Oil and Natural Gas: Constitutional Frameworks for the Middle East and North Africa”

In-depth research memos and reports drawing lessons from global best practices to support constitutional processes. These can be found on our publications page

Clinical Client

  • The Constitutional Transitions Clinic’s client for 2012-14 was the West Asia and North Africa Office of International IDEA. Learn more about the partnership here.