Over the course of four years, dozens of experts and practitioners contributed to the development of this handbook by participating in global meetings and workshops organized by Interpeace on constitutional issues. Some of the reports (and the names of those participating) from these discussions are available within the handbook. Dozens more were interviewed on specific issues as part of our research for this handbook.
They represented every region (although primarily from the Global South), were a gender balanced group, and had experience in constitution-making processes from a variety of perspectives: as advisers, as leaders of constitution-making or administrative bodies, as members of political parties, and as members of civil society. They hailed from or worked in such diverse countries as Afghanistan, Benin, Bolivia, Bougainville, Cambodia, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Timor-Leste, El Salvador, Eritrea, Fiji, Georgia, Hungary, Iraq, Kenya, Nauru, Nepal, Puntland, the Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Thailand, and Uganda. We are most grateful for their contributions.
Although the focus of this handbook is practical rather than scholarly, we would like to acknowledge the debt we owe to a number of scholars whose studies have informed this text. In appendix D you will find references to works we have referred to. We are grateful to Nicholas Haysom and Professor Jennifer Widner for helpful comments on a draft of the handbook.