In June 2013, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and Constitutional Transitions published a Working Paper Series entitled “Consolidating the Arab Spring: Constitutional Transition in Egypt and Tunisia.”

The Working Paper Series is a response to the imperative for targeted expertise in support of constitution building in the wake of the Arab Spring. As one of the primary international institutions supporting constitution building in the Middle East and North Africa region, International IDEA commissioned leading international experts to produce research papers on specific issues of constitutional design that will need to be addressed by states in the region seeking more democratic institutional frameworks.

International IDEA, together with Constitutional Transitions, has brought these papers together in this Working Paper Series. This working paper series aims to bring the experience of constitution building in the region to a broader audience, with each paper addressing a specific question of constitutional design. The papers will be of interest to anyone following constitutional developments in the region. It reflects recent constitutional developments in the region, particularly those related to Tunisia’s third draft Constitution (22 April 2013, English translation available here).

The series is edited by Zaid Al-Ali (International IDEA) and Richard Stacey (Constitutional Transitions). The contributions in the Series are:

No. 1:

Egyptian Constitutional Reform and the Fight against Corruption

Zaid Al-Ali & Michael Dafel

No. 2:

Semi-Presidentialism as a Form of Government: Lessons for Tunisia

Sujit Choudhry & Richard Stacey

No. 3:

Tunisian Constitutional Reform and Decentralization: Reactions to the Draft Constitution of the Republic of Tunisia

Jörg Fedtke

No. 4:

Tunisian Constitutional Reform and Fundamental Rights: Reactions to the Draft Constitution of the Republic of Tunisia

Jörg Fedtke

No. 5:

The Tunisian Judicial Sector: Analysis and Recommendations

Tom Ginsburg

No. 6:

Preventing and Combatting Corruption: Good Governance and Constitutional Law in Tunisia

Juanita Olaya & Karen Hussmann

No. 7:

Security Forces Reform for Tunisia

Kent Roach

No. 8:

The Legislature under the Egyptian Constitution of 2012

Asanga Welikala

The entire working paper series is available online here.