CT Researchers Meet with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki
(10 April 2013)
CT Clinic Researchers Present Reports at University of Tunis
(8 April 2013)
CT Student Researchers Weigh in from Beirut on Egyptian Shifts
(28 September 2012)
Constitutional Transitions Colloquium to Begin September 12
(12 September 2012)
Launch of the Constitutional Transitions Clinic
(31 August 2012)
The Constitutional Transitions Clinic’s client for 2012-14 is the West Asia and North Africa Office of International IDEA. For 2013-14, the United Nations Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Arab States, through its Regional Centre in Cairo, will join this clinical partnership. The partnership has three components:
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 and the UNDP Regional Centre in Cairo 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: Lessons for the Middle East and North Africa”
- “Semi-Presidentialism as Power Sharing: Lessons for the Middle East and North Africa”
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 have been stationed with International IDEA for 4 months each in the MENA region, to provide research support.
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 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.
For more information, please visit www.idea.int.
About the UNDP Bureau for Regional Arab States’ Regional Centre in Cairo
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) based in New York serves as the headquarters for UNDP regional programmes and country offices in 18 Arab countries and territories.
The Regional Bureau for Arab States established the Regional Centre in Cairo (RCC) in 2008, to ensure effective, timely and responsive support tailored to the needs and priorities of its 18 Country Offices. The Centre is able to quickly mobilize advisory services and technical support by connecting UNDP country offices and national partners to UNDP’s global network of development experts – both inside and outside the organization – and to United Nations specialized agencies.