Melbourne Forum: Third Forum on "Implications of Culture for Constitution-Building" underway in Colombo

15-16 October 2018

The Third Melbourne Forum on Constitution Building in Asia and the Pacific commenced today in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Forum brings together academics and practitioners from across these regions to discuss the theme, "Implications of Culture in Constitution-Building".

Culture affects constitutional arrangements in all parts of the world. The Melbourne Forum will explore these issues with primary reference to the countries of Asia and the Pacific, as a vast and diverse region of the world that represents a substantial component of global constitutional experience. The Asia‐Pacific region offers a particularly useful context for this purpose. Asia and the Pacific are home to an extraordinary variety of cultures. In many cases, aspects of culture have deep historical roots; in at least some, culture is or has been implicated in conflict; everywhere, it is evolving.  Constitution building has been a familiar phenomenon across the Asia‐Pacific in recent decades.

The Forum will deepen understanding of how culture interacts with constitution building 2 across Asia and the Pacific, in ways that throw light on the issues presented by culture in this important region and that inform global practice more generally. It will also throw light on the additional challenges presented by cultural considerations for the implementation of new constitutional arrangements, which almost invariably requires cultural change of some kind.

For more information, download the Melbourne Forum Concept Note and Agenda from the MF 2018 webpage.