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. Our partnership with International IDEA 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 will use as engagement tools in support of its constitution building activities in the region (e.g. in Libya, Tunisia and Yemen).
TopicsYear 1 (2012-13): Constitutional court design, legislative-executive relations (focusing on semi-presidentialism), and political party finance regulation;Year 2 (2013-14) (to be confirmed): Constitutions and anti-corruption frameworks, security sector oversight, and natural resource management.
- Outputs: Six reports (65 pp. each), translated into Arabic and disseminated online, and jointly published by International IDEA and Constitutional Transitions.
- Project Leads: Zaid Al-Ali (International IDEA), Sujit Choudhry (Constitutional Transitions) and Katherine Glenn Bass (Constitutional Transitions).
- Status: Draft reports presented at the University of Tunis in April 2013; release of first set of reports in September 2013 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.
- The application for our summer 2014 research fellowships, available to NYU Law students, is available for download here.
- NYU Law has provided faculty (Sujit Choudhry and Richard Stacey) to serve as foreign constitutional experts for 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.