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The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Rule of Law Programme

Supporting the Rule of Law Worldwide

German expertise in the area of law and justice is the subject of great attention throughout the world.

Indeed, a whole host of newly industrialised and developing countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Central, East and South-East Europe have demonstrated considerable interest in our legal culture. This applies in equal measure to German legal doctrine, jurisprudence, legislation and legislative procedures, implementation of laws and questions of legal organisation.

Therefore, since 1990 the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is complementing its global projects with a transnational Rule of Law Programme working throughout the project region encompassing the entire area of Latin America, Eastern and South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. German jurists with international orientation are leading the Rule of Law Programme from offices in Bucharest, Nairobi, Bogotá, Singapore and Beirut, whereby these offices closely interact with the national offices.

In order to further the rule of law the foundation advocates:

  • institutions based on the rule of law and central institutional elements of the rule of law, such as effective constitutional courts;
  • the separation of powers, particularly a strong, established and independent judiciary and a legitimate executive;
  • the guarantee of fundamental personal and human rights, both in terms of substantive law and from the procedural law perspective;
  • the strengthening of regional unions where such action safeguards the rule of law and democracy.

Thanks to its transnational approach, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is able to engage and facilitate discussion of themes that quite simply could never be addressed publicly on a purely national level. Thus, the foundation is able to ‘focus attention’ on such themes and generate problem awareness amongst the decision-makers and within civil society.

Moreover, a further advantage of the transnational approach is that it allows for the creation of regional networks of experts. In this manner, in the sense of helping one to help oneself, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is able to unite experts from individual countries within a region in order that they may exchange knowledge of their respective reform processes. The regular meetings of constitutional judges in Latin America and in Asia are an example of this.

The work of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung to promote the rule of law throughout the world does not pursue a purely technical approach, but rather adopts an explicitly political, dialogue and value-based modus operandi; not least reflected in the instruments employed by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The most important pillar of the foundation’s work is the implementation of educational initiatives, namely international specialist conferences, seminars, workshops and continuing education events for legal professionals, such as judges and public prosecutors, as well as for law students.

To support these endeavours, regular publications are also issued within the Rule of Law Programme. Other important components of this educational work are the study and informational programmes organised by the foundation in Germany: these provide participants (decision-makers and multipliers) selected from the stated regions of the world with a regular opportunity to gain first-hand information through dialogue with representatives of the German judiciary and legal ethos. Furthermore, the foundation also grants scholarships to particularly talented law students and young legal practitioners, such as academic employees of constitutional courts.