Mission of the Center for Constitutional Democracy
To support the work of foreign reformers to bring constitutionalism and the rule of law to new and struggling democracies by providing legal analysis, training, scholarship, and consultation.
- Engagement with local cultures, reform movements, civil society organizations, and individual advocates of democracy in the countries served;
- cultivation of a deep and scholarly understanding of the constitutional, legal, and political systems of a given country as a basis of its consulting work;
- promotion of democracy, tolerance, equality, and public participation around the world; and
- analysis, study, and dissemination of scholarly work on constitutionalism and the rule of law in the countries in which it is active.
Who We Are
To promote constitutional democracy, the Center for Constitutional Democracy (CCD) bridges the world of ideas and the world of affairs. The Center brings together leaders of reform movements in countries struggling for constitutional democracy and university scholars who have expertise useful to those reformers. The Center has a scholarship function (holding conferences and producing books, transcripts, and articles) as well as an outreach function (training, advising, and consulting with leaders of democratic reform).
The Center seeks to put the power of ideas to work in the world. It is committed both to understanding constitutionalism as an academic concept and to going out beyond the university to cities, jungles, mountains, and deserts where people are trying to make a better future.