Constitutions are as unique as the people they govern, and have been around in one form or another for millennia. But did you know that every year approximately five new constitutions are written, and 20-30 are amended or revised? Or that Africa has the youngest set of constitutions, with 19 out of the 39 constitutions written globally since 2000 from the region - and the most recent is from Zimbabwe? Africa has also produced a number of recent constitutional innovations. In Kenya, a judicial vetting board recently screened the entire senior judiciary in accordance with the values of its new constitution. Additionally, Kenya's Constitutional Implementation Committee is the first institution of it's kind and now being copied elsewhere.
The process of redesigning and drafting a new ... [view whole blog post ]