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Constitution-building in Africa

26.06.2013 Summer school with international experts
A one-week summer school entitled ‘Constitution-building in Africa’ has been organized jointly by Dr. Markus Böckenförde LL.M., Executive Director of the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, and international colleagues. The course runs from 24 to 29 June at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.

Constitution-building continues to be a subject of global interest and relevance, particularly in Africa.  Increased constitution-building activities in the region have raised a number of questions regarding the nature of constitutions, the types of problems and problem-solving associated with these, and the roles which relevant actors should play. In the course of the week, an attempt will be made to address some of these problems using an inter-disciplinary approach that takes account of the social, political, and legal dimensions of constitution-building.

Although this is the first summer school on this topic, the organizers have managed to recruit a number of renowned and highly experienced specialists in constitutional law:

Jill Cottrell Ghai: Professor of Law Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria; University of Warwick, UK; University of Hong Kong. Specialist adviser on constitutional affairs in Kenya, Nepal, and Iraq.

Professor Charles Fombad: Director of the Department of Public Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Acknowledged expert on Botswanan legislation.

Professor Yash Pal Ghai: Kenyan academic and expert on constitutional law. Former chair of the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission. Expert-adviser on constitutional affairs with wide-ranging experience e.g. in Iraq, Nepal, and Papua New Guinea.

Christina Murray: Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Currently member of the Constitution Commission of Fiji. Former member of the Kenyan Committee of Experts on the drafting of a new constitution for Kenya.

Besides helping to organize the event, and co-directing it (along with Professor Renata Uitz, Chair of the CEU’s Comparative Constitutional Law Program), Dr Böckenförde will make a substantive contribution to the course. His extensive knowledge in the fields of constitution-building and law and development will be deployed in a session jointly directed with Gedion Hessebon of the CEU’s Legal Studies Department.

The Central European University's Summer School (CEU SUN), established in 1996, is a programme in English for graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy-issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy-experts (including CEU faculty).

For more information visit the Summer University, CEU Website

Martin Wolf
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