November, 2019
November – 2019

Panel discussion and networking reception

Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions
8 November, 2019
9:00 – 10:15
Palais des Nations (Room IX), 8 – 14 avenue de la Paix (Pregny Gate)
1211 Geneva 10

The Forum of Federations, International IDEA and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation will hold a panel discussion during the GENEVA PEACE WEEK on Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions. The panel will discuss how territorial disputes can be settled through constitutional accommodation and how decentralized governance can contribute to consolidating peace, and what challenges and potential pitfalls there are. The presentations will draw on the knowledge and lessons learned through the Forum of Federation’s and IDEA’s multi-year project on the subject.
The event will also test the applicability of the main findings through the project for two specific case studies, the Philippines and Nepal.

Event facilitator:
Diana Chebenova
Senior Director, Forum of Federations

The rationale for the project
Rupak Chattopadhyay
President and CEO, Forum of Federations

The relevance of the project in peace processes around the world
Sumit Bisarya
Head, Constitution Building Programme,
International IDEA
The Hague

Summary of the main project findings
Sujit Choudhry
WZB Berlin Social Science Center,
Senior Adviser Forum of Federations

The case of Philippines
Bryony Lau
Expert on conflict in Southeast Asia

The case of Nepal
Surya Dhungel
Senior Adviser, Forum of Federations,
Former Constitutional Adviser to the President of Nepal

Insights into which constitutional transitions the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs is currently concerned with, and how the project’s findings help in managing these transitions successfully
Andrea Iff
Thematic Advisor, Thematic Unit Democratization, Decentralization and Local Government,
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Q & A


Registration – Important information!!
All participants wishing to attend the event have to follow the 3 registration steps below:

STEP 1: Create an account in INDICO a the following link:
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STEP 2: Register for the badge to the Palais des Nations here:
When participants register online, they first receive an email saying that their registration is pending approval. Once it is approved, they receive another email informing that their request has been approved or rejected. Participants must bring this confirmation (printed or electronic) in order to receive a badge. As Geneva Peace Week is a public meeting, UNOG will review and approve registration requests in the system.

STEP 3: Register for the “Territory and Power in Constitutional Transitions” event here:

Collection of badges:
Badges can be received from 8 a.m. onwards on Monday 4 November 2019 at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations. No bulky luggage/items are permitted. Participants will be required to bring a photoID (passport, driving license, etc.) issued by a State recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (please see the following link for the members of the United Nations: along with the INDICO confirmation of registration.

*Please note that your registration information will also be shared with the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (the key Facilitator Geneva Peace Week) for the purpose of compiling anonymous statistics on event attendance.

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