Open Tech 2013 - Constitutional Excerpts

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Open Tech 2013 - Constitutional Excerpts

  1. 1. ConstituteElectronic Retrieval of Constitutional ExcerptsJames MeltonLecturer in Comparative PoliticsUniversity College Londonj.melton@ucl.ac.uk18th May, 2013Melton Constitute 18th May, 2013 1 / 8
  2. 2. Who’s InvolvedCollaborators –ž Zachary Elkins, University of Texas at Austinž Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law SchoolTechnical Assistance –ž Daniel Miranker, University of Texas at Austinž Juan Sequeda, University of Texas at Austinž Robert Schaffer, University of Texas at AustinFinancial Support –ž The Indigo TrustMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 2 / 8
  3. 3. The Comparative Constitutions ProjectObjective – catalog the contents of all constitutions written inindependent states since 1789Data –ž chronology of constitutional eventsž repository of textsž survey of contentsMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 3 / 8
  4. 4. Why Constitute?Facts –ž 15% of countries change their constitution each yearMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 4 / 8
  5. 5. Why Constitute?Facts –ž 15% of countries change their constitution each yearž constitutional drafters are typically inexperiencedMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 4 / 8
  6. 6. Why Constitute?Facts –ž 15% of countries change their constitution each yearž constitutional drafters are typically inexperiencedNeed –information on contents of other countries’ constitutionsaccess to domestic constitutionsMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 4 / 8
  7. 7. Constitute: A PreviewMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 5 / 8
  8. 8. Constitute: A PreviewMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 5 / 8
  9. 9. Constitute: A PreviewMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 5 / 8
  10. 10. Constitute: A PreviewMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 5 / 8
  11. 11. Building ConstitutecenterTag Response Article NumberHOSTERM 5 113.1HOSTERML Only two terms permitted, total 113.2Tag TopicHOSTERM Head of StateTerm LengthHOSTERML Head of StateTerm LimitsArticle 113(Term of office)1. The term of office ofPresident of the Republicshall last for five years . . .2. Each citizen may serve upto two terms of office asPresident of the Republic.(Angola’s 2010 Constitution)<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/topic> <http://ccp.org/data/topic=HOSTERM> .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/article> "Article 113 | 1." .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/text> "The term of office of President . . . " .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/topic> <http://ccp.org/data/topic=HOSTERML> .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/article> "Article 113 | 2." .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/text> "Each citizen may serve up to two terms . . . " .Melton Constitute 18th May, 2013 6 / 8
  12. 12. Building ConstitutecenterTag Response Article NumberHOSTERM 5 113.1HOSTERML Only two terms permitted, total 113.2Tag TopicHOSTERM Head of StateTerm LengthHOSTERML Head of StateTerm LimitsArticle 113(Term of office)1. The term of office ofPresident of the Republicshall last for five years . . .2. Each citizen may serve upto two terms of office asPresident of the Republic.(Angola’s 2010 Constitution)<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/topic> <http://ccp.org/data/topic=HOSTERM> .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/article> "Article 113 | 1." .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/text> "The term of office of President . . . " .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/topic> <http://ccp.org/data/topic=HOSTERML> .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/article> "Article 113 | 2." .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/text> "Each citizen may serve up to two terms . . . " .Melton Constitute 18th May, 2013 6 / 8
  13. 13. Building ConstitutecenterTag Response Article NumberHOSTERM 5 113.1HOSTERML Only two terms permitted, total 113.2Tag TopicHOSTERM Head of StateTerm LengthHOSTERML Head of StateTerm LimitsArticle 113(Term of office)1. The term of office ofPresident of the Republicshall last for five years . . .2. Each citizen may serve upto two terms of office asPresident of the Republic.(Angola’s 2010 Constitution)<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/topic> <http://ccp.org/data/topic=HOSTERM> .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/article> "Article 113 | 1." .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/text> "The term of office of President . . . " .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/topic> <http://ccp.org/data/topic=HOSTERML> .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/article> "Article 113 | 2." .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/text> "Each citizen may serve up to two terms . . . " .Melton Constitute 18th May, 2013 6 / 8
  14. 14. Building ConstitutecenterTag Response Article NumberHOSTERM 5 113.1HOSTERML Only two terms permitted, total 113.2Tag TopicHOSTERM Head of StateTerm LengthHOSTERML Head of StateTerm LimitsArticle 113(Term of office)1. The term of office ofPresident of the Republicshall last for five years . . .2. Each citizen may serve upto two terms of office asPresident of the Republic.(Angola’s 2010 Constitution)<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/topic> <http://ccp.org/data/topic=HOSTERM> .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/article> "Article 113 | 1." .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/1> <http://ccp.org/data/text> "The term of office of President . . . " .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/topic> <http://ccp.org/data/topic=HOSTERML> .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/article> "Article 113 | 2." .<http://ccp.org/data/Angola2010/113/2> <http://ccp.org/data/text> "Each citizen may serve up to two terms . . . " .Melton Constitute 18th May, 2013 6 / 8
  15. 15. Concluding RemarksUniversal access to all national constitutionsMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 7 / 8
  16. 16. Concluding RemarksUniversal access to all national constitutionsEmpowering domestic actors –ž involved in constitutional changež play a more active role in their country’s governanceMelton Constitute 18th May, 2013 7 / 8
  17. 17. More resources for constitutional drafters are available atConstitutionMaking.orgThank You!Melton Constitute 18th May, 2013 8 / 8

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