Lessons Learned from Support to Constitution Building

Constitutions are at the basis of societies. The fundamental rules and laws of how the society should be ruled are expressed in constitutions. They are thus fundamental pillars for social contracts and at the hart of most peace processes when conflict affected countries are to be rebuilt.

Since decades it has been evident that public participation, where key stakeholders may provide their input, is necessary in building constitutions. However, lately the world has also seen a host of unconstitutional power takeovers. This makes it an opportune time to investigate what further lessons have been learned by experts and advisors within constitution building processes.

Results from this knowledge inventory is thought to provide guidance for future support to constitution building processes.

Authors: To be announced

Chairperson reference group: Joakim Molander

Project manager EBA: Mats Hårsmar