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Applications open for Summer University 'Constitution-Building in Africa'

16.01.2017 Launched by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Gloabl Cooperation Research and the Central European University (CEU), the Summer University 'Constitution-building in Africa' is now accepting applications for its 2017 course. For the course from the 3—14 July scientists as well as practitioners can apply until 14 February.The innovative research course with international renowned experts intends to tackle complex societal, political and legal problems in constitution-building from an interdisciplinary perspective, informed by field experience. Organized in cooperation with International IDEA and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the course takes place for the fifth time at the CEU in Budapest, Hungary.


After history has seen several waves of constitution-building in the 20th century, the world is witnessing another wave of constitution-building, this time predominately in Africa. This burst of activity has given rise to a range of new ideas about the nature and purpose of constitutions and constitution-making, constitutional solutions to contemporary problems, and the proper role of international actors. The course will address the subject from four different angles, all of them related to specific challenges in Africa to offer new insights on a classic subject of the highest academic and practical relevance.

Organizing the event, the three course directors Markus Böckenförde (Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany), Gedion Hessebon (School of Law, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia) and Renata Uitz (Comparative Constitutional Law Program, Department of Legal Studies, CEU) brought together highly experienced specialists not only in constitutional law but also with practical experiences in Africa:

Horace S Adjolohoun, African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, Arusha, Tanzania
Jill Cottrell, Katiba Institut, Nairobi, Kenya
Yash Ghai, University of Hong Kong
Babacar Kanté, University Gaston Berger, St. Louis, Senegal, Former Vice President of the Constitutional Court of Senegal
H. Kwasi Prempeh, Ghana Center for Democratic Development, Accra, Ghana
Christina Murray, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Omar Hammady, UN-Officer at the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen / United Nations Department of Political Affairs)

The course is designed to be a forum for exchange and mutual learning for young scholars and practitioners from the civil sector, from public administration, from regional and international institutions. The course syllabus and the schedule are available with the course directors upon request.
Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.

Application deadline: 14 February 2017
For information and to apply visit Summer University, CEU Website