Melbourne Forum on Constitution Building in Asia and the Pacific
Participants of the Second Melbourne Forum on Constitution-Building in Asia and the Pacific. (Photo credit: University of the Philippines Diliman)
Partners: Constitution Transformation Network at University of Melbourne
The Asia Pacific is a vast, diverse and complex region. The area covered by the Melbourne Forum stretches from Central Asia in the west, to the Pacific island states in the east. The region comprises states that are vast, in terms of territory and population, as well as some of the smallest micro-states in the world. There are tremendous variations, both within and between states, in terms of culture, history, language and religion. This diversity provides a broad range of constitutional experience, generating new and challenging insights into global issues of constitution building.
The Melbourne Forum aims to build connections between practitioners, scholars and organisations engaged in constitution building, within the Asia-Pacific region and globally. The knowledge and insights generated in each annual Forum are disseminated in Reports outlining the experience of the states and polities represented and Policy Briefs which capture the insights from the Forum on cross-cutting issues of global importance.
See detailed information, session recordings, and reports from each year:
- 2016: Constitution Building in States with Territorially Based Society Conflict
- 2017: From Big Bang to Incrementalism: Choices and Challenges in Constitution Building
- 2018: Implications of Culture for Constitution-Building
- 2019: Inclusion and Participation in Constitution-Building Processes
- 2020: Representation in Democracies During Emergencies
- 2021: Democracy, Constitutions & Dealing With The World
- 2022: Representation from the Ground Up