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The Role of Legitimate Constitution Building in Promoting Stability in Iraq and Syria

October 22, 2020 Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST

The Role of Legitimate Constitution Building in Promoting Stability in Iraq and Syria


22 October 2020

This event comes in the context of launching a research paper that researchers have published “From Federalism to Hypercentralization: Decentralization in Syrian Constitutions in their Historical Context”.

Date: 20 of May 2022

Time: 17:00 PM London time

This in-person event :    

 Thai Theater, New Academic Building  

54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields 

London WC2A 3LJ 

 For those who could not attend the in-person event, you can also join us online via Zoom by registering on the following link: 


Throughout its 100 years of constitutional history the Syrian constitutions adopted dramatically different approaches to decentralizations. But what context shaped these choices and what are the implications on the recent debate on this issue? 

In this event, the speakers will discuss how Syrian constitutions handled decentralization and local governance since 1920 draft constitution up to the current 2012 constitution, investigating the political, social, and economic motives that led to the chosen approach in each of these constitutions. They will focus on the three dimensions of decentralization: political, administrative and economic, and also discuss how the decentralization arrangements handled the delicate question of the representation of the minorities.  

 The Arabic version of the paper is available through: https://eprints.lse.ac.uk/115101/

The full English version will be available soon.







Prof. Mary Kaldor

Prof. Mary Kaldor


Prof. Mary Kaldor: a Professor Emeritus of Global Governance and Director of the Conflict Research Programme at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  


Dr. Zedoun Alzoubi a Syrian researcher and expert in governance and local administration.  

Dr Rim Turkmani

Dr Rim Turkmani


 the Principal Investigator of the  “Legitimacy and Citizenship in the Arab World” programme and the research director of the Conflict Research Programme – Syria Team at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  

Mazen Gharibah

Mazen Gharibah


Mazen Gharibah a Syrian researcher at the Legitimacy and Citizenship in the Arab World programme and Conflict Research Programme at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

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October 22, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
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