Policy Briefing - Cambodian Constitutional Constraints: Myths and Truths

Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace

The Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) hosts the public lecture “Cambodian Constitutional Constraints: Myths and Truths”, supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Cambodia.


The word “constitution” refers to a document designed to protect citizen’s rights and freedoms against potential arbitrary actions by power holders. The first modern Cambodian Constitution was handed down in 1947. The present Constitution, enacted in 1993, is a symbol of a supreme law. However, the realities of Cambodian politics since then have tested the audacity of this supreme document. In order to approach this topic, Dr. Virak Prum, Manager at Traansparency International Cambodia, will hold a presentation about the following questions:

Is it true that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land?

Is it true that in a democracy power actually emanates from the people?

Is it true that parliamentary immunity protects members of parliament?

Is it true that freedoms enumerated in the Constitution may not be infringed upon by laws? And, finally,

Is it true that some provisions in the Constitution cannot be amended?

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René Gradwohl

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Head of Kas office in Cambodia

rene.gradwohl@kas.de +855 23 996 170 +855 23 213 364

Saroeun Mom

Senior Programme Manager