Interim Constitutions: Peacekeeping and Democracy-Building Tools

An interim constitution should serve as a bridge during a transition from one constitutional order to another (or in some cases, the lack of any constitutional order and the birth of a new order). Interim constitutions provide both a temporary institutional structure for government and a framework for negotiating the final constitution. They can be formally defined as constituent instruments that assert ‘legal supremacy for a certain period, pending the enactment of a contemplated final  constitution’ (see Section 2 for a full discussion of this definition).