2017 Melbourne Forum

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From Big Bang to Incrementalism: Choices and Challenges in Constitution Building

The Melbourne Forum on Constitution Building in Asia and the Pacific brought together practitioners and scholars from across Asia and the Pacific to share their experiences of constitution building.

Video of Melbourne Forum 2017

The theme of the Second Melbourne Forum was From Big Bang to Incrementalism: Choices and Challenges in Constitution Building. Speakers from across the Asia Pacific region, who have been directly involved in constitution-building processes in their respective states and polities, explored the relative magnitude of constitutional change and the ways it was handled, in responding to constitutional moments. The Forum considered procedural aspects of managing significant constitutional change, by examining the choice between making a new constitution or amending an existing constitution. It explored the substance of major constitutional change, taking as examples moving between parliamentary and presidential systems of government and between unitary and federal or devolved arrangements. It also considered the ways in which key issues may be deferred during the constitution making process.

The Melbourne Forum on Constitution Building was jointly organised by the Constitutional Transformation Network and the Constitution Building Program of International IDEA. This year's Forum was hosted by the Department of Political Science of the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Concept note Forum program MF-17 report

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Group photo of participants and organisers of the 2017 Melbourne Forum,
Photo Credit: University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies