Agenda 22 maart 2017 - Den Haag

Next Generation Participatory Constitutional Deliberation and Drafting Tools

International IDEA, Tilburg University,  Leiden University and The Hague Law Labs present the expert meeting on:
‘Next Generation Participatory Constitutional Deliberation and Drafting Tools’

In countries that live under an old constitution, constitutional deliberation and drafting is seen as a unique moment in constitutional history. In most countries in the world, however, constitution- making is the order of the day. The average age globally of a written constitution is not more than 19 years. Each year, about 5 countries in the world replace their constitutional document and about 20 to 30 countries reform it significantly. Gathering, deliberating, analyzing, discussing, and implementing a written constitution is as challenging as it was centuries ago. But modern information technologies have made it possible to enrich constitutional conventions with comparative insights, make these conventions more efficient and get a drafting process that is collective indeed.   
How do these technologies work? What are their possibilities? What opportunities do they (potentially) provide? And what kind of challenges does the use of next generation constitutional drafting and deliberation tools involve? These are some of the questions that will be explored during the present expert meeting. 
Main presenters will talk for 25 minutes, followed by a 10 minute response of the discussant. The rest of the time will be reserved for a collective discussion.
9.00 – 9.15: Welcome and coffee
9.15 – 9.30: Opening by Sumit Bisarya;
                      Opening remarks by Reijer Passchier
9.30 – 10.30: Common challenges in constitutional deliberation, participation and drafting – Tom Ginsburg (20 minutes)
First Respondent: Maurice Adams (15 minutes)
Discussion (25 minutes)
10.30 – 10.45: Coffee
10.45 – 12.00: Writing a new constitution with Google docs and constitute – Zachary Elkins (30 minutes)
First Respondent: Wim Voermans (15 minutes)
Discussion (30 minutes)
12.00 – 13.00: Lunch
13.00 – 14.30: Using crowdsourcing tools for constitutional deliberation and drafting: possibilities opportunities and challenges – Tanja Aitamurto (20 minutes); 
Iceland case study – Finnur Magnusson (20 minutes)                        
First Respondent: Anne Meuwese (15 minutes)
Discussion (35 minutes)
14.30 – 14.45: Tea
15.15 – 16.15: Using advanced IT solutions for constitutional deliberations and drafting: possibilities, opportunities and challenges – Timothy Arnold-Moore (20 minutes)
First Respondent: Sofia Ranchordás (10 minutes)
Discussion: 30 minutes
Concluding remarks: Constitution Makers 
                                       Project Principals
18.00 – 22.30: Drinks and Dinner 

Location: The Hague City Center (address forthcoming).

Registration: We have only fifteen seats available so register as quick as possible but no later than March, 15th by sending an email to