Workshop: "Second Somalia Constitution-Making Seminar"

21 November 2018

On 21 November 2018, ConTransNet hosted the Second Somali Constitution Forum at Melbourne Law School. The Forum again brought together members of the Somali diaspora in Melbourne, as well as a Somali Federal Member of the Somali Federal Parliament, the Hon Abdirahman Adam Ibrahim, and the Somalia National Director of ICTs, Mr Abdi Salam Mohamed. Participants again discussed a range of issues and options regarding Somalia's options for designing a federal structure suitable to the needs of the Somali people.

Somalia's Provisional Constitution was endorsed in July 2012, and has been under a process of review and renegotiation since then. In recent months, the Somali Federal Government, a number of Somalia's State administrations and key national bodies involved in the constitution-making process have all recommitted to agreeing a final constitutional settlement as a matter of priority. It is hoped that a constitution can be finalised in advance of national elections that are due to be held in 2020.

The meeting was informed by the on-ground experience and knowledge of the participants, a number of whom continue to work in Somalia. Participants were keen to focus on the most critical issues dominating current constitution-making discussions, namely the overarching issue of how federalism will be implemented in practice, with the federal division of powers and resources of particular interest.

For more resources on our ConTransNet Support to Somalia Constitution-Making, click the link.