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 Professor Nico Steytler provides expert guidance in the drafting of Nepal's federal constitution

Professor Nico Steytler provides expert guidance in the drafting of Nepal’s federal constitution

 

Right to left: Professor Surya Dhungel, legal advisor of President Yadav, Prof Nico Steytler, President Ram Baram Yadav, Philip Gonzalez, Forum of Federations, Leslie Seidle, Forum of Federations, and Sagar Manandhar, Forum of Federations.

Prof Nico Steytler, the SARChI Chair in Multlevel Government, Law and Policy, participated in two workshops in Nepal in July, organised by the Forum of Federations, on the draft Nepali federal constitution. After ten years of negotiations and failed attempts at drafting a federal constitution for this highly fragmented society, the Constitutional Assembly has received a consensus draft from the major political parties and very recently completed public consultation on it. A key element of the federal system that is still undecided is the demarcation of the eight provinces – to what extent must ethnicity be an organising principle? Professor Steytler addressed members of the Constitutional Assembly, political parties, and civil society organisations on possible approaches to demarcation in complex societies, drawing on South Africa’s and other African countries’ experiences. He also met with President Ram Yadav, discussing the South African and Nepali processes of constitution-making, including public participation.​​​​

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