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Profile: Constitution Transformation Network


The Constitution Transformation Network is a new initiative that brings together a team of scholars at Melbourne Law School to explore both the practice and the concept of constitutional transformation.  The Network is convened by Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders, Dr Will Partlett and Ms Anna Dziedzic.

About Our Work

At a practical level constitutional transformation is or has recently been underway in many states across the world. At heart, constitutional transformation involves the formulation and implementation of new Constitutions or major changes to existing Constitutions. It comprises questions about constitutional design as well as the processes of constitutional change. Depending on the context, constitutional transformation may encompass conflict resolution, peace building and other catalysts for regime change. It extends well beyond the ratification of new arrangements to include a period of transition, which may be drawn-out over a decade or more, and which covers implementation and constitutional change post-adoption.

In conceptual terms the very idea of a Constitution may be undergoing transformation, in the face of the conditions of internationalisation and globalisation that characterise present times. Pressures for change come from what is loosely described as the constitutionalisation of international law (the extent to which arrangements at the regional or international levels are beginning to take forms that might be described as ‘constitutional’) and the internationalisation of constitutional law (the impact of international actors and norms on constitutional transformation within a state). These interfaces between domestic and international interests have practical as well as theoretical implications.

Our Expertise

The Constitution Transformation Network seeks to explore these issues through five interrelated and overlapping themes: peacebuilding; constitution making; international and domestic interfaces; regionalism; and the dynamics of implementation.

Collectively, team members bring knowledge in constitutional and comparative constitutional law, international law, military and international humanitarian law, regional law and Asian law. They believe that context is critically important in constitutional transformation, which therefore requires the knowledge and skills of comparative constitutional law. To that end, team members are committed to pooling their expertise to work together and with global partner institutions, scholars and practitioners to make a genuine difference to constitutional transformation in theory and practice.

Job Opportunity

The Constitution Transformation Network is now seeking to engage a Coordinator.

This position will contribute to the intellectual development of the project in collaboration with Network members, build the global profile of the Network, and work to ensure the sustainability of the project by seeking out and taking advantage of external collaborations and funding opportunities. Applicants will have a keen interest in the practice and theory of constitutional transformation and be willing to engage creatively and with initiative and enthusiasm in an exciting new program of academic research and engagement.

Applicants must have a higher degree in law or a related field (masters or PhD). The position will be full time for 12 months and based at MLS. For further information and details of the position please see here

Applications close 19 February 2017.

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