CT Clinic (2012-2014)
Colloquium (2012-2013 Series)
Colloquium (Fall 2013 Series)
Why Establish Constitutional Transitions?
Constitutional Transitions launched in March 2012 as the world’s first university-based center that generates and mobilizes knowledge in support of constitution building. To see how we accomplish this, learn more about what we do.
Global Policy Relevance
- Since 1978, 185 new constitutions have been drafted and adopted around the world.
- New constitutions are central elements of regime change and democratization.
- There is a significant body of knowledge on the questions that arise during constitutional transitions, including constitutional design (e.g. executive-legislative relations) and processes of constitutional change.
- The international community deploys foreign constitutional expertise to support constitutional transitions.
Missing Links in International Support for Constitution Building
- Although much knowledge on constitutional design exists, issues still arise for which knowledge is incomplete, outdated, or non-existent.
- Gaps in knowledge impede the effectiveness of constitutional advice in the field.
- Where knowledge exists, international support for constitutional transitions cannot always mobilize it easily to support work in the field.
- The lack of an adequate research infrastructure on the ground poses great challenges to constitutional advisors grappling with time-sensitive, context-specific questions.
- International institutions that deploy constitutional experts are often limited in their capacity to provide support from headquarters because of short drafting deadlines and the lack of a standing in-house research capacity.