What We Do

What We Do

Constitutional Transitions generates and mobilizes knowledge in support of constitution building through agenda-setting research. Constitutional Transitions generates knowledge by identifying issues of critical importance to the success of constitutional transitions, where a lack of adequate, up-t0-date research impedes the effectiveness of technical assistance for constitution building. Constitutional Transitions assembles and leads international networks of experts to complete thematic research projects that offer evidence-based policy options to practitioners.

From Fall 2012 through Spring 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.

Constitutional Transitions Partners

Constitutional Transitions works in partnership with domestic and international organizations to maintain policy relevance and successfully generate and mobilize knowledge on constitution building. We work with domestic partners – think tanks, universities, and NGOs. We also work with international partners – intergovernmental organizations and governments – who have a track record in supporting constitution building.