Institute for
International Law and Human Rights

Constitutional Development Rule of Law

IILHR Memo on Speaker’s Term in Office

Identifies, through comparative state analysis, international approaches to fixed terms for parliamentary leaders. Suggests that not all parliamentary systems recognize the role of parliamentary leaders or speakers, but that for those that do recognize the position, term limits often match the term of the representative assembly by which the speaker is elected or have separate fixed terms. Examines the practices of South Africa, Jordan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, and Mali.