Zoran Oklopcic, IGLP Network member and Assistant Professor at Carleton University, Ontario, Canada, is pleased to share an opinion piece “What Constitutional Future for Syria?” co-written with Carleton University colleague Mohamad Ghossein, published at the Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law and ConstitutionMaking.org.


As the discourse of military intervention in Syria gradually subsides, and a political solution to the conflict seems marginally more likely, a full-blown debate about the constitutional future of Syria may appear premature. But, initiating this debate—sketching out options, identifying more likely constitutional outcomes, as well as potentially combustible points of contention—should contribute to a more reasoned debate at the time when Syrian ‘mega constitutional politics’ begins in earnest. Given the situation on the ground, this piece is necessarily speculative and anecdotal. But its modest ambition is to contribute to this emergent debate by sketching, in brush strokes, main constitutional possibilities and challenges that await the post-conflict constitution-making in Syria. More…



About Zoran Oklopcic:

“My current research focuses on the normative lenses we use to justify state-formation: self-determination of peoples in international law, constituent power, and popular sovereignty in theory of constitutional law. Recently, I have written about the metamorphosis of self-determination in the post-Cold War context, the concept of territorial rights in the context of theories of secession, and the inadequacy of the concept  of pouvoir constituant as means to justify the creation of new constitutional orders in non-First World countries. Part of my research is embedded in a larger comparative context; I am currently working on a paper that examines the migration of constitutional arguments from Canada to the countries of the former Yugoslavia (and back).”