The Fiji Constitution of September 2013

Event details

Pacific Matters Group Meeting

Date & time

Wednesday 23 October 2013
11am–12.30pm

Venue

Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra

Speaker

Anthony Regan, Fellow , State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program

Contacts

Louana Gaffey
+61 2 6125 8244

Abstract: The military regime in power in Fiji since 2006 has made a new national Constitution under which elections will be held before September 2014. This presentation will examine the constitution-making process and the contents of the Constitution. On process, it will compare and contrast the process that produced the Constitution Commission draft Constitution of December 2012 (rejected by the regime) with the process beginning in March 2013 which produced the recently assented to Constitution. In terms of content, it will examine the extent to which the constitution provides the basis for free and fair elections, and for a return to democracy after the elections.

About the Speaker: Anthony Regan is a Fellow with SSGM. He is a constitutional lawyer, whose practical work and research focuses on conflict-resolution, constitution-making processes, and design and implementation of post-conflict constitutional arrangements. He was a member of a three person international peer review of the December 20012 draft Constitution, and has assisted the Citizens Constitutional Forum (Fiji) in conduct of a Citizen's Constitutional Forum in March 2013 and in analysis of the March 2013 draft as well as the new Constitution.

Please confirm your attendance by email to joel.nilon@anu.edu.au.

This seminar forms part of the Pacific Matters Group Monthly Meeting Series.

All Welcome.

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