Current Clients

The Constitutional Transitions Clinic’s client for 2012-14 is the West Asia and North Africa Office of International IDEA. The partnership has three components:

Research Reports

The Constitutional Transitions Clinic “back office” is preparing a series of thematic, comparative research reports on issues in constitutional design issues that have arisen in the MENA region, which International IDEA will use as engagement tools in support of constitution building activities in the region (e.g. in Libya, Tunisia and Yemen).

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

Year One reports will be available shortly in English and Arabic:

  • “Constitutional Courts after the Arab Spring: Appointment Mechanisms and Relative Judicial Independence”
  • “Political Party Finance Regulation: Constitutional Reform After the Arab Spring”
  • “Semi-Presidentialism as Power Sharing: Constitutional Reform After the Arab Spring”

Year Two reports are in progress, and are tentatively entitled:

  • “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”

Project Leads: Zaid Al-Ali (International IDEA), Sujit Choudhry (Constitutional Transitions) and Katherine Glenn Bass (Constitutional Transitions).

Status:  Year One reports will be available shortly; Year Two draft reports will be presented at the University of Tunis El Manar in March/April 2014; release planned for September 2014 with launch event in New York to coincide with opening of UN General Assembly.

Field Researchers

Field researchers have been stationed with International IDEA for 4 months each in the MENA region, to provide research support.

Faculty Experts

NYU Law has provided faculty (Sujit Choudhry and Richard Stacey) to serve as foreign constitutional experts for International IDEA’s projects in Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.


About International IDEA

International IDEAInternational IDEA is an intergovernmental organization with 28 member states that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. International IDEA’s mission is to support sustainable democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, and assisting in democratic reform, and influencing policies and politics.

International IDEA produces comparative knowledge in its key areas of expertise: electoral processes, constitution building, political participation and representation, and democracy and development, as well as on democracy as it relates to gender, diversity, and conflict and security.

IDEA’s work is non-prescriptive and IDEA takes an impartial and collaborative approach to democracy cooperation; emphasizing diversity in democracy, equal political participation, representation of women and men in politics and decision making, and helping to enhance the political will required for change.

The Institute brings together a wide range of political entities and opinion leaders. By convening seminars, conferences and capacity building workshops, IDEA facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experience at global, regional and national levels.

International IDEA is a Permanent Observer to the United Nations.

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