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Glocalised constitution-making in the twenty-first century: Evidence from Asia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 June 2019

School of Law, Singapore Management University, 55 Armenian Street, Singapore179943
Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 6/F, Lee Shau Kee Building, Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong


How have Asian nations conducted, or how are they conducting, constitution-making in the face of pressures associated with globalisation, and how do they balance those forces with domestic interests and realities? This article aims to develop an analytical framework that can capture this global–local interplay. It introduces the concept of ‘glocalised constitution-making’ to denote the co-existence and relationship between the two governance levels as manifested in the forces, actors and norms pertaining to the process of drafting a new constitution as well as its substance. Glocalisation permeates the entirety of a constitution-making episode, from the impetus to initiate the process, to its design and inclusiveness of interests featured, and the scope of topics considered. The effects of glocalised constitution-making for domestic drafters are arranged along a continuum with approbation and aversion as the polar opposites. The precise location on the continuum will depend on the value preferences of the domestic stakeholders and the matters under consideration. The application of this analytical framework is illustrated with reference to recent constitution-making exercises in Bhutan, Nepal, Thailand, East Timor and Sri Lanka.

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109 Ibid 16 (emphasis added).

110 It is probably also undesirable, given the risk of considerable dissonance between the constitutional text eventually adopted and preferred practice that in turn may negatively impact on the longevity of the new constitution.

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114 Ibid 284 and see also AM Bhattarai, ‘Designing the System of Justice for Federal Nepal: Possible Contributions of Comparative Constitutional Law’ (2011) 5 NJA Law Journal 115.

115 The tendency to ensure representation of the various social, religious and other factions often translates into a body of constitutional framers that is heterogeneous in its world views. This makes it difficult for a single, unified view to emerge on how to structure the constitution-writing process and which constitutional arrangements to adopt, and by implication, how to appreciate the input that the global can provide on these matters.

116 Nepal Constitution, art 11(5) and (7).

117 Cf Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women, 989th and 990th meetings (WOM/1873, July 2011).

118 ‘Interview with Former Nepal Constituent Assembly Chair’ (2016) 5 The UN Constitutional 3.

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