2019/2020

Zaid Al-Ali, LL.M. (Harvard)

Senior Adviser in Constitution-Building in the Africa and West Asia region

International IDEA

Born on June 7, 1977 in Madrid;
Studied Law at King's College London, at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and at Harvard Law School


Project

Arab Constitutionalism and Peace Processes

Since 2011, more than half the countries in the Arab region have replaced, amended, or reconsidered their constitutional frameworks. A number of these countries have degenerated into full-blown conflict, and many others have not seen any appreciable difference in standards of living for large segments of people.
During my time at the Wissenschaftskolleg, I will be researching and writing on the factors that have contributed to these failures, with a view to possibly identifying better ways of proceeding that will increase the likelihood of success in the future. This will include a focus on the process through which constitutional negotiations are organized and on their substantive content. I will also focus on peace negotiations, with a view to drawing lessons from all of the processes that have taken place during the previous few years.
The research that I will be doing will build on my own personal experiences. I was involved in various capacities in virtually all of the processes that have taken place in the region since 2011. It will also build on research that I started at Princeton University, where I was a Law and Public Affairs Fellow in 2016.

Recommended Reading

Al-Ali, Zaid. "Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy." New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.
-. The Social Justice Blind Spots in the New Arab Constitutions.The Century Foundation. April 30, 2019.

Publications from the Fellows' Library

Al-Ali, Zaid ( London, New York, 2017)
Five years of Arab constitutional reform : balancing process requirements with the demands of fragile democratic traditions

Al-Ali, Zaid ( New York, 2016)
The Arab Spring constitutions : for whose benefit?

Al-Ali, Zaid ( New Haven, Conn. [u.a.], 2014)
The struggle for Iraq's future : how corruption, incompetence and sectarianism have undermined democracy


Tuesday Colloquium04/28/20

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