Jason Gluck

Senior Program Officer, Rule of Law, Center for Governance, Law and Society

Jason Gluck is a senior program officer for Rule of Law and director of USIP's Constitution-Making Program. Gluck's focus is on the design and implementation of constitution-making processes in post-conflict and transitional states. He has advised government officials and civil society actors on issues of constitutional reform in Burma, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen and elsewhere. Substantively, Gluck's areas of expertise include constitutional design, federalism and minority rights.

Gluck joined USIP as a rule of law adviser in January 2008. Previously, he was a legal officer and constitutional adviser with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, where he advised the Council of Representatives during the 2007 constitutional review. He was also a senior program officer with the National Democratic Institute in Iraq, where he worked with the Iraqi Parliament to develop parliamentary institutional and legislative capacity. From 2013 – 2015 Gluck was on temporary leave from USIP to serve as the Constitutional Focal Point for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs in New York.

Gluck received his juris doctor from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University.

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January 29, 2015
In the wake of the Arab Spring, citizens across the Middle East and North Africa are demanding reforms from their governments. How these governments respond to their people and promote inclusive constitution-making processes may determine whether their new social compacts lead to a durable peace. This report draws from the work of scholars and constitution makers who have been exchanging ideas about how to ensure that modern constitutions incorporate the needs and aspirations of the citizens they are intended to govern. As the countries of the Arab Spring transition from authoritarian regimes and overcome ethnic and sectarian divisions, they can learn lessons from comparative constitution-making experiences—including most recently that of Tunisia—about how to achieve more consensus based social compacts and lasting peace.
April 29, 2014
This report explores the role of new technologies in increasing participation of constitution making. Gluck and Ballou look at how using technology during the constitution-making process can strengthen the trust between citizen and government, build national unity, and promote reconciliation. New technologies—such as the web, including email, Facebook, and Twitter, and mobile phones—are opportunities to engage and educate citizens and build public awareness. Citing examples in Iceland, Ghana, and Somalia (among others), the authors illustrate the scope of these new technologies, the risks, and what may come from them in the future.
September 2, 2011
This Peace Brief examines the timeline for constitutional reform in Libya’s August 2011 Constitutional Declaration with an eye towards ensuring Libyans have sufficient time to negotiate and draft a new constitution that will support Libya’s transformation towards constitutional democracy.
May 3, 2011
Countries emerging from authoritarianism frequently face constitutional challenges, among them sequencing constitutional reform with a transition to democracy, designing a constitutional review process that is seen as legitimate, and addressing substantive constitutional concerns.

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December 26, 2012
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Long marginalized by the country’s political leaders, Iraq’s small religious and ethnic minorities have made historic gains during 2012 with some critical assistance from the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP).