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Constitutional Reform:
Burma, Liberia, and Azerbaijan

David Williams

A working conference hosted by the Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies in partnership with the Institute for Advanced Study

August 2-12, 2005
Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington
211 South Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405

Working Conference for Emerging Democracies

Democracy reform leaders from Burma, Liberia, and Azerbaijan gathered with members of the Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies (CCDPS) from Aug. 2-12 at the Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington. The interdisciplinary team of scholars at the CCDPS has deep expertise in constitutional democracy work in addition to strong relationships with reformists in these countries. Private working sessions, which comprised the major portion of the conference, allowed participants to share resources, scholarship, and experiences germane to democratic constitutional reform.

About the Center

The Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies (CCDPS) at Indiana University seeks to study and promote constitutional democracy in countries marked by ethnic, religious, linguistic, and other divisions. For more information, visit the Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies Web site.

Participants

The visiting participants were at Indiana University as visiting scholars sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study. The Institute has initiated a long-term thematic exploration of the relationship of ethnicity, democracy, and representation, and this conference was the first installment in that exploration. For more information, visit the Institute for Advanced Study Web site.

Visiting Participants from Burma
Lian Sakhong
Co-chair of the Federal Constitution Drafting Committee of the Union of Burma
U Thein Oo
Co-chair of the Federal Constitution Drafting Committee of the Union of Burma
Visiting Participants from Liberia
David Jallah
Dean of the University of Liberia School of Law
Philip Banks
Former Justice Minister of Liberia
Kabbineh Janneh
Current Justice Minister of Liberia
Visiting Participant from Azerbaijan
Erkin Gadirov
Senior Lecturer at Baku State University, Azerbaijan
Participants from the Center for Constitutional Democracy
in Plural Societies (CCDPS)
David C. Williams
John S. Hastings Professor of Law and Director, CCDPS
Amos Sawyer
Former Interim President of Liberia; Research Scholar and Co-Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis; and Associate Director, CCDPS
Susan H. Williams
Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law and Associate Director, CCDPS
Michael McGinnis
Professor, Department of Political Science, and Co-Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Rovshan Ismayilov
Senior Fellow, CCDPS
Tun Myint
Research Associate, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, and Senior Fellow, CCDPS
Ngun Cung Lian
Research Fellow, CCDPS
Mukhit Yeleuov
Research Fellow, CCDPS
Jacqueline Bauer
Assistant Director, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

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Schedule

August 2: Opening Sessions
August 3: Opening Sessions
August 4: Azerbaijan
Noon
Room 335
Erkin Gadirov presents talk
3 p.m.
Room 335
Brainstorming Session for Constitutional Commentary in Azerbaijan
August 5
9:30 a.m.
Room 335
Philip Banks presents talk
August 8: Burma
Noon
Room 335
Lian Sakhong presents talk
4 p.m.
Moot Court Room
U Thein Oo gives lecture
August 9: Liberia
Noon
Room 335
David Jallah presents talk
August 10: Closing Sessions
August 11: Closing Sessions
August 12: Closing Sessions

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Contact Information

Conference logistics:
Nikki Rolf, (812) 855-9781 or nrolf@indiana.edu
Media relations and general information:
Debbie O'Leary, (812) 855-2426 or devo99@indiana.edu

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