ANCL Newsflash 2 August 2013

Carnegie Corporation of New York is funding three distinct competitive fellowship opportunities for early-career social science faculty of African academics working on peace, security and development issues. The three fellowships are: the doctoral dissertation research fellowship, doctoral dissertation completion fellowship and doctoral dissertation proposal fellowship. Fellowship program also offers two workshops each year for fellow’s Masters research in their research publications. 45 fellowships are awarded each year. Online application must be submitted by December 1st 2013.
 By Busingye Kabumba
Lecturer-in-Law, Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC), Faculty of Law, Makerere University; Consulting Partner with M/S Development Law Associates
About a year ago, on 27th September 2012, I wrote an article that suggested that the 1995 Ugandan Constitution was essentially an illusion. In that article, I pointed out that the far from being the supreme law in Uganda, the Constitution was in fact just one of many tools through which the National Resistance Movement (NRM) ‘consolidated and perpetuated’ its political power. In my view, the most important of these tools was in fact, the armed forces. In the last line of that article, I observed as follows: 
This is one of the great tragedies and challenges of ‘Uganda at Fifty’ and one that promises to engender more turbulent chapters in our political life.
Unfortunately, events since that time have only served to confirm rather than challenge this dim view of the state of constitutionalism in Uganda.
Desde a divulgação do Newsletter n.° 2, em Março de 2013, vários eventos de relevo realçaram a vida constitucional nacional. Em primeiro lugar, foi a visita a Moçambique do Professor Marcolino Moco, antigo Primeiro-Ministro de Angola e docente universitário, que proferiu uma Palestra subordinada ao tema “A experiência Angolana no processo de revisão
constitucional”, e lançou a sua última obra dedicada ao tema: “Angola. A Terceira Alternativa” (I). A seguir, o processo de Revisão Constitucional, prosseguindo o seu percurso, a Comissão Ad-Hoc para a Revisão da Constituição submeteu à VII Sessão Ordinário da Assembleia da República, o seu Relatório de actividades (II). Finalmente, o Conselho Constitucional
proferiu um acórdão de uma extrema importância pela amplitude e profundidade da análise no que concerne, em particular, o regime jurídico do princípio de separação e interdependência de poderes, além das questões de fundo que estiveram na origem da verificação preventiva da constitucionalidade, promovida pelo Presidente da República, da Lei de Alteração do Código do Imposto sobre o Rendimento das Pessoas Singulares e da Lei de Alteração do Código do Imposto sobre o Rendimento das Pessoas Colectivas, que lhe foram submetidas pela Assembleia da República, para promulgação, em 27 de Dezembro de 2012 (III).
Open Government Partnership Annual Summit - Call for Proposals!
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) will hold its annual summit from 31 October - 1 November 2013 in London and is seeking ideas for the program. The summit will bring together reformers from government, civil society, and the private sector and will build on core elements of what the OGP is all about: ambitious and innovative commitments on open government and reinventing the relationship between the citizen and the state. The OGP would like to draw on the energy and ideas of the OGP community and is looking for proposals to help create the program for the summit.

The deadline for proposals is 1 September 2013 and can be submitted HERE


On July 8, Adli Mansour, Egypt’s new interim president who until recently was a member of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court, issued another “constitutional declaration.”  This comes after a year of failed leadership by former President Mohamed Morsi, the historic June 30 demonstrations, the intervention by the military, the ultimate dethroning of the President and the ensuring violence, much of which have left Egypt deeply polarized.  The question today is whether this new declaration will contribute to lessening tension in the country, or whether it will become a new point of contention much like all the preceding chapters in Egypt’s troubled transition to democracy. 
READ AN ARTICLE BY ZAID AL-ALIsenior advisor on constitution building at International IDEA