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Constitution building after conflict: External support to a sovereign process

Aug. 8, 2011, 9:05 p.m.


Constitution building after conflict: External support to a sovereign process looks at the various issues related to building a constitution and the role of external actors in the process.  There has been an increase in constitution building over the past 20-30 years “related to violent conflict and its resolution” since the end of the Cold War and colonialism.  The report provides five main recommendations for when the process for constitution building is being implemented. 

This policy paper aims to contribute to an ongoing discussion of constitution building in two ways. The first is to expand this discussion beyond expert groups in order to include the views of practitioners, given that constitution building is a key South-South issue. Second, it is particularly targeted at providing external actors that want to offer meaningful assistance to constitution building with a better understanding of its political nuances and practical needs.

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