Topics Public or private sessions

Constitute topics are built from the variables in the Comparative Constitutions Project’s dataset, which captures the content of world constitutions. The particular variables relevant to this topic are listed below, in the form of survey questions.

More information about the CCP’s research design is available here, including background information on how the team designed the inventory of constitutional topics as well as the full coding survey


Specifies whether the legislature is to conduct its business in public or in private. When legislative sessions are generally public, some constitutions may also specify the conditions (if any) under which the legislature may hold private sessions.





Survey Questions

  • Does the constitution prescribe whether or not the meetings of the legislature are (generally) held in public?