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Below are links by topical categories to resources primarily in English providing information on constitution-making processes and the role of public participation.

These links complement the following Institute Special Reports: (1) Democratic Constitution Making, and (2) Iraq's Constitutional Process: Shaping a Vision for the Country's Future.

These links also support the work of the Institute's Rule of Law Program and its project on Constitution-Making, Peacebuilding, and National Reconciliation. Related Congressional testimony from Program Director Neil Kritz looks at Constitution-Making Process: Lessons for Iraq.

General Resources

The sites below collect links to the texts of national constitutions as well as related documents, such as charters, amendments and analysis.

National Constitutional Assemblies


South Africa

  • Constitutional Assembly Database
    "A searchable database of submissions, reports and law during the government transition. The material on the database covers the period 1992 to end 1994."

Non-Governmental Organizations and Constitutional Studies

Selected Documents and Decisions

Updated: April 9, 2007

Related Publications

Truth Commission Digital Collection

Truth Commission Digital Collection

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The United States Institute of Peace’s Truth Commissions Digital Collection is part of the Margarita S. Studemeister Digital Library in International Conflict Management.  The collection contains profiles of truth commissions and substantive bodies of inquiry from nations worldwide - offering general background information on the composition of each body, links to the official legislative texts establishing such commissions, and each commission's final reports and findings.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Human Rights

Framing the State in Times of Transition

Framing the State in Times of Transition

Thursday, April 1, 2010

By: Laurel E. Miller; with Louis Aucoin

Analyzing nineteen cases, Framing the State in Times of Transition offers the first in-depth, practical perspective on the implications of constitution-making procedure, and explores emerging international legal norms.

Voting in Fear

Voting in Fear

Thursday, November 1, 2012

By: Dorina A. Bekoe; editor

In Voting in Fear, nine contributors offer pioneering work on the scope and nature of electoral violence in Africa; investigate the forms electoral violence takes; and analyze the factors that precipitate, reduce, and prevent violence. The book breaks new ground with findings from the only known dataset of electoral violence in sub-Saharan Africa, spanning 1990 to 2008. Specific case studies of electoral violence in countries such as Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria provide the context to further un...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

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