Constitutional Transitions generates and mobilizes knowledge in support of constitution building by assembling and leading international networks of experts to produce evidence-based policy options for decision-makers and agenda-setting research. Our experts are senior policy practitioners and leading scholars who have vast field experience and are engaged at the forefront of their fields. We have worked with over 50 experts from more than 25 countries.
Our research focuses on issues which are of critical importance to the success of constitutional transitions but where a lack of adequate, up-t0-date research impedes the effectiveness of technical assistance for constitution building, and which further an important scholarly agenda. Our current research projects are:
- Security Sector Oversight: Protecting Democratic Consolidation from Authoritarian Backsliding and Partisan Abuse
We partner with a global network of multilateral organizations, think tanks and NGOs who have a track record in supporting constitution building. Our partners are involved at every stage of our work — project conceptualization, recruitment of experts, workshops and conferences, and the drafting, publication and dissemination of research outputs.
From 2012 to 2014, Constitutional Transitions also ran the following programs while at the New York University School of Law:
- The Constitutional Transitions Clinic mobilized knowledge through an innovative clinical program 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.
- The 2012-13 colloquium series, The Constitutional Transitions Colloquium: The Middle East Revolutions, and the Fall 2013 colloquium series, The Constitutional Transitions & Global and Comparative Law Colloquium: Emerging From / Sliding Back into Authoritarianism (co-convened by Professors Sujit Choudhry and Mattias Kumm), featured leading regional experts presenting works-in-progress.