Former International IDEA Staff

Sumit Bisarya

Former Head of Constitution-Building Processes
Emergency powers and democracy, impact on the rule of law


Sumit Bisarya was the Head of Constitution-Building Processes Programme at International IDEA.

Bisarya developed global comparative knowledge, policy and advocacy resources and provides technical support to in-country constitution reform programmes.  Previously, he worked with the International Development Law Organization based in Rome, Italy, where he was manager of IDLO’s field programmes. He designed, managed and implemented rule of law assistance programmes in Afghanistan and East/Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia).

Bisarya has been engaged in constitution-building assistance programmes in a range of countries and contexts including Myanmar, Nepal, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tunisia and most recently in Chile and Ukraine. 

Juris Doctor (Columbia University, USA) and BA in Neuroscience (Brown University, USA).