Constitution-building in States with Territorially Based Societal Conflict

2017. Author: International IDEA and the Melbourne Law School’s Constitution Transformation Network.

This report contains some of the key insights from the first Melbourne Forum on Constitution-Building in Asia and the Pacific held in Melbourne in August 2016. The focus of the Forum was constitution-building in polities in the region experiencing societal conflict that is territorially defined. This is a familiar context for constitution-building throughout the world, as shown by states as disparate as Iraq, Kenya, Libya and Spain. Many states that today appear relatively settled have constitutional arrangements that historically evolved as a response to societal conflicts of this kind. Canada, Italy and Switzerland are examples.

  • Asia Pacific
  • Democratic Governance
  • Research/Lessons Learned

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