Public Participation & Constitution-Making in Fiji: A Critique of the 2012 Constitution-Making Process

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Author/s (editor/s):

Romitesh Kant, Eroni Rakuita

Publication year:

2014

Publication type:

Discussion paper

The aim of this paper is to critically examine the 2012 constitution-making process in Fiji focusing on the principle of participation and how it was translated into practice. This was one of the central guiding principles of the commission and, more importantly, this principle is now judged as a universal tenet of constitution-making. While literature clearly shows the possibilities of constitutionmaking processes in transition from conflict and in post-conflict societies, experience of the 2012 constitution-making process in Fiji will highlight the inherent difficulties in such processes in situations of tightly controlled military regimes.

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