A more perfect union, by design

Promoting nationwide conversations about constitutional design.

Center for Constitutional Design

The mission of the Center for Constitutional Design is to promote nationwide conversations about constitutional reform and the advancement of constitutional democracy; to suggest ways reforms could be implemented to preserve our constitutional system; to leverage knowledge of other nations’ constitutions to better understand our own; and to convene, collaborate, and coordinate with citizens, thinkers, commentators, and institutions—nationally and internationally—to achieve these ends.

Our initiatives

Comparative Constitutional Law

There is much to learn from democracies around the world. The Center is building an international network of comparative constitutional scholars.

Fellows in Constitutional Design

The Center advances dialogue over approaches to constitutional reform and the preservation of democracy.

Our initiatives focus on three key areas

Research and innovation

The Center will develop, organize, and promote new ideas for reforming and strengthening our constitutional system, through inquiry that explores our constitution in a global and comparative perspective.


The Center will educate the public. All work of the Center, created and disseminated under the Research and Innovation projects, will be publicly available and translated to better inform the public at all levels.


The Center, through curricular development and potential litigation support, will positively impact the national dialogue over constitutional reform.

News and Announcements

  • Takeaways From the First Student-Led Model US Constitutional Convention

    Of course, the Framers did not adopt Jefferson’s constitutional sunsetting approach, but they did allow for amendments that could enable new generations of citizens to imprint their new ideas and

  • The next wave’s amendments: Which ones will make it to ratification?

    So which proposals might prevail? The factors that will determine the survivor amendments are numerous and ever-changing. However, for any amendment to reach the ratification goal line, it must address

  • Center’s Executive Director Speaks to PBS Horizon about the Model Constitutional Convention

    Students will serve as state delegates (two from each state), engaging in debates and drafting constitutional amendments. This unique opportunity allows participants to immerse themselves in the legislative process, gaining

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