Supporting the Rule of Law Worldwide

The Rule of Law Programme of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Rechtsstaatsprogramm Grafik Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Stable democracies need a defensible constitutional state.

The rule of law is one of the core principles to which the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is committed. Since 1990, the Foundation has therefore supplemented its international projects for the promotion of democracy and political dialogue with the transnational worldwide Rule of Law Programme.

 

Goals of the Rule of Law Programme

We are convinced that sustainable development and security are inconceivable without stable democracies - and that stable democracies are not possible without the rule of law. With its worldwide work on the rule of law, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung therefore promotes

  • structures based on the rule of law and main institutional elements of the rule of law (e.g. a functioning constitutional jurisdiction)
  • separation of powers, in particular a strong, recognised and independent judiciary and a law-abiding administration
  • the guarantee of fundamental and human rights

 

The offices of our Rule of Law Programme at a glance

Through offices in Bogotá, Nairobi, Dakar, Singapore, Bucharest and Beirut as well as the coordination in Berlin, the global Rule of Law Programme supports and promotes rule of law structures and processes in the respective regions.

Weltkarte – Weltweit für den Rechtsstaat Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
The Rule of Law Programme of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has six offices worldwide.

Rule of Law Programme Asia

Singapur, Republik Singapur Zairon / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

 

In 2005, the office of our Rule of Law Programme in Asia was opened to support the development of rule of law structures in Asian countries. Asia as a complex region between tradition and modernity, between regional contradictions and commonalities, places very special demands on the work of the Rule of Law Programme. Since its establishment, our Singapore-based office has been calling for and promoting the rule of law and democracy in many countries from South to Southeast to East Asia, with a focus on the ASEAN region.

 

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Rule of Law Programme Latin America

Bogotá, Kolumbien Felipe Restrepo Acosta / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

 

As early as the 1980s, an intensive discussion on the rule of law and judicial reforms began in virtually all Latin American countries in the course of democratisation and the overcoming of authoritarian systems, which triggered numerous constitutional reforms. This is also where the rule of law work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has its roots. For more than 30 years, we have been represented in Latin America with our own office of our Rule of Law Programme, since 2012 at the Bogotá location in Colombia.

 

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Rule of Law Programme Middle East and North Africa

Beirut, Libanon yacheslav Argenberg / http://www.vascoplanet.com / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0

 

The Rule of Law Programme Middle East and North Africa is based in Beirut. With the establishment of this still very young programme, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is responding to the great and growing need for cooperation in rule of law work in the region. At the core of the work on the ground is the consolidation of rule of law structures, the promotion of a system of effective separation of powers and checks and balances, and the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms.

 

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Rule of Law Programme Sub-Saharan Africa (Anglophone Countries)

Nairobi, Kenia Daryona / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

 

The rule of law in the Western sense is not anchored in sub-Saharan Africa and has therefore not yet become an integral part of the political culture. However, the Rule of Law Programme Sub-Saharan Africa (with two locations in Nairobi and Dakar) tries to support and promote political, adiministrative, civil society and judicial actors who are concerned about the rule of law.

 

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Rule of Law Programme Sub-Saharan Africa (Francophone Countries)

Dakar, Senegal Initsogan / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

 

The rule of law, which is oriented towards the ideals of Western-oriented democracies, is hardly widespread in sub-Saharan Africa and is not an integral part of the political culture. Nevertheless, there is a relevant circle of people from political, judicial, civil society and administrative fields of activity who show keen interest in the topic of the rule of law. The Rule of Law Programme Sub-Saharan Africa (with two locations in Nairobi and Dakar) seeks to support and encourage these individuals in their efforts to disseminate the principle of the rule of law and, where possible, to establish it in the political culture.

 

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Rule of Law Programme South Eastern Europe

Bukarest, Rumänien Contessa Binter / Wikimedia Commons / CC0

 

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has been present in Southeast Europe since 2006 with the Rule of Law Programme. In addition to the three newest member states of the European Union, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia, the Foundation carries out measures in the six states of the Western Balkans as well as in the Republic of Moldova. What all states have in common is that, three decades after the change of system, they are still in an ongoing process of transformation from an autocratic one-party state to a democratic constitutional state based on the rule of law, which continues to have a significant influence on the role and self-image of the judiciary.

 

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The Rule of Law Programme shows impact

The clearly defined and concentrated thematic and target profile of the Rule of Law Programme, which also results from the character of the KAS as a political foundation, is the basis for its impact-oriented work. The long-term promotion of rule-of-law structures and the regional character of the work often prove to be well suited to openly addressing rule-of-law problems, especially in sensitive issues. Working in and with regional networks creates synergies and greater awareness. German legal culture is held in high regard in most regions, which leads to a great demand for German expertise in particular. The Rule of Law Programme also functions as an advisory body and competence centre.

It flanks and supports rule of law-relevant and political development processes and creates platforms that enable an exchange between rule of law actors, politics and society. Its success can be traced back to direct contacts with rule of law actors in all regions, which are often based on trust and have been built up over years, and is based on an approach that is not purely technical but explicitly political, dialogue-oriented and based on credibility.

 

Instruments of the Rule of Law Programme

The Rule of Law Programme supports educational measures and dialogue programmes whose focus is tailored to the needs on the ground, e.g. in the form of international and national conferences, seminars, workshops, discussion groups as well as teaching and study courses. Studies, analyses and other print and multimedia products are also published. In addition to awarding study scholarships to talented young professionals, visitor programmes to which the KAS invites to Germany and Europe also represent an important instrument.

Contact

Hartmut Rank

Hartmut Rank

Head of the Rule of Law Programme in Latin America

hartmut.rank@kas.de +57 601 7430947 ext. 210
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Dr. Pavel Usvatov

Dr. Pavel Usvatov

Head of the Rule of Law Programme Southeast Europe

pavel.usvatov@kas.de +40 21 302 02 63 +40 21 323 31 27
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Stefan Samse

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Director Rule of Law Programme Asia

stefan.samse@kas.de +65 6603 6171
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Philipp Bremer

Philipp Bremer

Head of the Rule of Law Program Middle East and North Africa

philipp.bremer@kas.de +961 1 385 094 | +961 1 395 094
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Dr. Stefanie Rothenberger

Stefanie Rothenberger (2020)

Director Rule of Law Programme Sub-Saharan Africa (Anglophone Countries)

stefanie.rothenberger@kas.de +254 020 261 0021 +254 020 261 0023
Contact

Ingo F.J. Badoreck

Ingo Badoreck KAS

Director Rule of Law Programme Sub-Saharan Africa (Francophone Countries)

ingo.badoreck@kas.de
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