Countries Asia

Asia has produced 16% of the world’s constitutional systems since 1789. The first constitution in the region was drawn up in the Ottoman Empire in 1876, followed by Japan’s Meiji Constitution of 1889. The average constitution over this period has endured 16.4  years. 

Browse the timeline below, which is built from the Comparative Constitution Project’s chronology of constitutional events data, or explore the individual countries further to learn more.

Timeline of Constitutions

Data from the Comparative Constitutions Project.

Key to constitutions

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No longer in force


For analysis of constitutional lifespans see: Elkins, Zachary, Tom Ginsburg, and James Melton. The Endurance of National Constitutions. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Thanks to Jonathan Corum, who designed the original version of the timeline graphic.