Guidance Papers

Public Participation in Constitution-Making

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Author: Kate Le Roy

The purpose of this paper is to examine constitution building episodes in five different locations within the Pacific region, and to draw from these case studies observations and lessons that might be useful in guiding the design of future constitution building processes. Consistent with this purpose, the paper aims to provide as much detail as possible about how public participation has been included in these processes, how and by whom it has been conducted, and what impact it has had.


Mechanisms for Resolving Divisive Issues in Constitutional Negotiation

Friday, January 1, 2010

Authors: Nicholas Haysom and Sajit Choudhry

This issue paper is part of the ‘Constitution-making in Focus’ series and is focusing on how to deal with divisive issues in a constitution-making process. There can be no fool-proof algorithms for resolving divisive issues to achieve this end, but there are mechanisms with which every negotiation process should be equipped.


Specialist Bodies for Constitution-Making

Friday, January 1, 2010

Author: Goran Hyden

This issue paper is part of the ‘Constitution-making in Focus’ series and is drawing attention to the variety of roles of specialist bodies in the constitution-making processes. It aims partly to bring some coherence to the interpretation of different practices.


The Role of the Constitutional Drafter: Thoughts on the Art of Expressing Constitutional Visions

Friday, January 1, 2010

Author: Philip Knight

This issue paper is part of the ‘Constitution-making in Focus’ series. The author draws on his professional experience and describes four different roles that legislative counsel might be called upon to perform, considering the professional implications of serving an entire nation as ‘the client,’ and suggesting a number of features of constitutions that necessitate a modified approach to drafting, as compared with ordinary legislation.


Workshop Report Dilemmas and Opportunities of Public Participation

Thursday, April 2, 2009

This workshop report summarizes the proceedings and results of the ‘Workshop on Dilemmas and Opportunities of Public Participation in Constitution Building’ that was co-hosted by Interpeace, International IDEA, and the Bobst Center for Peace & Justice at Princeton University. This is the third workshop report in a series of three.


Workshop Report Institutions and Procedures

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

This workshop report summarizes the proceedings and results of the ‘Workshop on Institutions and Procedures in Constitution Building’ that was co-hosted by Interpeace, International IDEA, and the Bobst Center for Peace & Justice at Princeton University. This is the second workshop report in a series of three.


Workshop Report Constitution Building Processes

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

This workshop report summarizes the proceedings and results of the ‘Workshop on Constitution Building Processes’ that was co-hosted by Interpeace, the Bobst Center for Peace & Justice at Princeton University and International IDEA. This is the first workshop report in a series of three.