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Drafter's closing remarks

Encourages 4th Joint Plenary to look ahead in constitution-making

Dr. Philip Knight (Legal/Constitution Professional Drafter) during the 4th Joint Plenary on 25th Feb 2014.

In his closing remarks to the Joint Plenary of Constitutional Congress (CC) and Eminent Persons Advisory Council (EPAC) on Monday 17th March 2014, Professional drafter Dr. Philip Knight said that a constitution should be constructed not only for present circumstances and needs but such that, future generations will be thankful for. - More in recent Press release

Experts guide 4th Joint Plenary

External auditors and draftsman of the Draft Federal Constitution of Solomon Islands have been guiding the Joint Plenary of CC and EPAC on the audit and drafting process of the proposed Draft Federal Constitution.

Professor Yash Ghai (Constitutional Law expert), Dr. Philip Knight (Legal/Constitution Professional drafter) and Professor Ronald Watts (Philosopher Economist & a founder of Forum of Federations) were present since Tuesday 25th February to give insight into crucial areas of federalism in light of the audit reports from both Prof. Ghai and Prof. Watts on the 2011 and 2013 Drafts.

- More in recent Press release.


2011 Draft reviewed

Members of the 3rd Joint CC&EPAC Plenary reviewed the 2011 Draft in light of the Provincial/HCC Conventions and consultations with students from tertiary institutions in Fiji, Vanuatu and PNG.

They also had the opportunity to get two sessions with the two external auditors of the Draft Federal Constitution of Solomon Islands. -See Issue 15 for story

State Boundaries checked

A brief meeting was held early 2013 between CRU Consultant Lawyer Reginald Teutao, PS/CRU Ronald Unusi and Dr. Transform Aqorau.

This brief meeting was necessitated after Mr. Teutao expressed the need for a second legal/expert opinion on the State Maritime Boundaries. Mr. Aqorau gave CRU a brief paper on an advisory opinion on the Proposed State Boundaries.

Team leaders meet

Congress' Provincial team leaders, including Honiara City held a meeting in Gizo, Western Province from 25 Nov-6 Dec, 2013.

The meeting was purposely to tidy up 2013 Draft Federal Constitution to be presentable. The 2013 Draft was later sent to the auditors.

Conventions complete

All provinces including Honiara City Council had conducted and completed the Provincial Conventions towards the end of 2012.

This was the final opportunity for provinces to have their say on the Draft Federal Constitution before it is finalized for the Reform's final phase. -See Issue 12 for story

Draft Constitution audited

After spending two weeks in Honiara in October 2013, experts auditing the Draft Federal Constitution collated information readily available on the Constitutional Reform to start the audit.

Prof. Yash Ghai and Prof. Ronald Watts audited the 2011 Draft Federal Constitution and later the 2013 Draft. Reports on the audit of the two Draft were made available to CRU for CC and EPAC members' perusal.

       - Read more on Issue 15 and Issue 16.




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