Constitutional Design and Conflict Management in Africa

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin is running a programme on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS), and I am one of seven experts in comparative constitutional law to develop case studies on constitutional design and conflict management in Africa. Led by Professor Alan Kuperman at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the Constitutional Design and Conflict Management project team also includes Justin O. Frosini (Bocconi University, Milan, ITALY), Gilbert Khadiagala (University of Witwatersrand, SOUTH AFRICA), Eghosa E. Osaghae (Igbinedion University, NIGERIA), Andrew Reynolds (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA), Filip Reyntjens (University of Antwerp, BELGIUM), and I. William Zartman (Johns Hopkins University, USA).

My own case study on Sudan is one with six others (Burundi, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe) analyzing how African governments can best respond to conflict that could arise from social stressors like climate change and thus assessing what constitutional structures and frameworks could give governments the best tools to react to and mitigate possible effects of climate change.

Working paper: Sudan: The Impact of Institutions on Violent Conflict