Ginsburg and New Website Connect Constitutional Scholars and Drafters

Ginsburg and New Website Connect Constitutional Scholars and Drafters
Staff
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February 20, 2009

The U.S. Institute of Peace and the Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) have announced the launch of constitutionmaking.org, a site intended to provide people engaged in constitutional drafting access to essential materials, insights, and expertise.

 

Constitutionmaking.org was created by a team of scholars and drafters—including the University of Chicago Law School's Tom Ginsburg—with the guiding principle that those writing constitutions should have access to (1) a variety of options for constitutional design and (2) analysis of the consequences of design choices.  To this end, the site features three basic components:

  • OPTION REPORTS.  This section includes a series of reports on a wide-ranging set of topics that are central to historical and contemporary constitutions.  These reports provide sample provisions and information on trends and patterns in the use of different constitutional provisions.  The data and analysis for these reports come from an original set of data on the content of constitutions that the re