The Veil of Ignorance Project (VOIP) addresses the issue of the impact of uncertainty in constitutional design. To what extent do constitution drafters and adopters make their decisions «behind a veil of ignorance»? More fundamentally, can we infer from constitutional texts the degree of uncertainty faced by constitution drafters and adopters?
The project explored three research territories:
- Comparing the constitutions of 16 countries through a coder-based content analysis.
- Analysing Canada's constitutional evolution through a coder-based content analysis.
- Analysing the constitutions of 150 countries through a dictionary-based content analysis.
Main investigator: Louis M. Imbeau
Co-Investigators: Jean Crête, Steve Jacob
Collaborators: Cristine de Clercy, Roger Congleton, Thomas Éboutou, Emma Galli, Veronica Grembi, Karin Ingold, Ringa Raudla, Christine Rothmayr, Nathalie Schiffino, Agnes Strauss, George Tridimas, Frédéric Varone, Stefan Voigt