LATEST RELEASE: Norway's Enduring Constitution: Implications for Countries in Transition

15 May 2014
Norwegians celebrate Constitution Day every May 17
Norwegians celebrate Constitution Day every May 17
<p>On the occasion of the bicentennial anniversary of Norway’s Constitution, International IDEA’s Constitution Building Processes (CBP) Programme funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commissioned a project to look at what lessons Norway’s Constitution, adopted on May 17 1814, offers for countries in transitions. This paper, written by Professors Tom Ginsburg of the University of Chicago Law School and James Melton of the University College of London, examines the factors behind the endurance of Norway’s Constitution. It argues that Norway’s Constitution, although being only the second most enduring Constitution behind that of the United States, provides a better model for how to make a constitution endure because of its flexibility.
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