Why Establish CT

Why Establish CT
Past Programs
     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

Constitutional transitions pervade political life.
  • Since 1978, 185 new constitutions have been drafted and adopted around the world.
  • New constitutions are central elements of regime change and democratization.
Constitutional transitions draw freely on ideas and experts from around the world.
  • 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

Gaps in Existing Knowledge
  • Although much knowledge on constitutional design exists, issues still arise for which knowledge is incomplete, outdated, or non-existent.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.
Challenges in Knowledge Mobilization
  • 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.