Cornell Law Students Helping to Form a New Government in Somalia

Professor Muna Ndulo

The African nation of Somalia has accepted a United Nation proposal to transition to a parliamentary form of government.

Cornell Law School professor Muna Ndulo, who is also director of Cornell’s Institute for African Development, is serving as a consultant to the United Nations for the Somalia effort. He has enlisted the help of five students at Cornell Law School to conduct research and prepare presentations on electoral reform, political parties, political fundraising, and government structure. The transitional government in Somalia hopes to draft and formalize a new constitution by this coming August.

“You’re trying to establish a democratic government, and the basic tenets of a democratic system include human rights, free elections and an elected government,” said Professor Ndulo. “The U.N. is encouraging dialogue among the Somali people and helping them to build national support for these changes. I have participated in the meetings, and my presentations at the meetings were informed by the work my students did.”

“The students really are having a role in history,” said Ndulo.

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