I have some friends and associates who are researching legal and judicial reform here in Taiwan. Their research is rather at the theoretical stage, and as a first step they would like to come up with a “framework” or “outline” of what a new Constitution should look like.
They have suggested to me that since the US has 50 state Constitutions, one of these might be a good “model” to reference.
In this regard, can anyone make suggestions as to which state constitutions would be best for reference? Obviously, they would like to have abundant attention to environmental issues, women’s issues, provisions for popular referendums, and all matters which are of concern to us in the modern world.
My own feeling is that in forming/drafting a constitution in the present day, it is probably necessary to have all these matters spelled out in some detail, in order to avoid as much confusion as possible. However, at this stage I should stress that they are still in the “outline” stage … but they feel that if they come up with some sort of good outline, then perhaps they could even invite other “committees” or “public interest groups” or “student groups,” etc. to submit their own detailed content proposals at some later date … (if their research does indeed get that far … )
Otherwise, without a good outline or “model” … it may prove very difficult to COMPARE any suggestions for a new Taiwan Constitution which different groups might want to present … (in some national symposium, for example).
Since they have already decided to go with a US system (as opposed to more of a British system) … , any thoughts on which US state constitutions would be good for reference (and the URL of that constitution online … ) in the present era in this type of research work would be appreciated.
([color=#FF0000]Note:[/color] I believe that the LEGAL FORUMS on forumosa.com are more geared toward dealing with specific legal issues which those of us living here encounter in our daily lives … and that is different from the focus of this question, hence I am posting this in the Taiwan Politics Forum. I hope no one objects.)