The Constitution Transformation Network brings together researchers, practitioners and organisations interested in the phenomenon of constitutional transformation. The Constitution Transformation Network offers:
Research into the practice and theory of constitutional transformation across five research themes
Advice on aspects of constitutional transformations in specific polities on a public or confidential basis
Brokered connections between country experts, comparative scholars and practitioners
Workshops and events exploring the practice and theory of constitutional transformation
Teaching and research programs
Constitutions are the foundations of many democracies but poorly designed constitutions can increase discord and conflict. Constitutional change is a central feature of democratic transition, democratic consolidation and conflict management. Yet, there is still relatively little comparative knowledge available for constitution-makers to rely on. This is a critical issue because constitution-makers are usually thrust suddenly into the spotlight without prior training or preparation and must learn quickly, as the consequences at stake are critical to the future of their country.
International IDEA’s Constitution-Building Programme fills this gap by providing knowledge and direct assistance in the area of constitutional transitions, with regards to the processes through which constitutions are made, and the design of the constitution. Our approach emphasizes the importance of national ownership and adapting, not adopting, comparative practice to the specific national context.