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Online-Seminar

Media, the Judiciary and Good Governance – A Complex Balancing Act

in collaboration with

On 25 November 2020, the Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa, in cooperation with the Observatoire de la Fonction Publique et de la Bonne Gouvernance of the University of Saint-Joseph, is organising a public online debate on the topic "Media, Justice and Good Governance".

Live stream

Constitution for All

الدستور للجميع

The Rule of Law Programme Middle East/North Africa launches with الدستور للجميع - “Constitution for All” a weekly radio program on Radio Liban. Starting on October 8, the program will shed light onto general concepts of constitutional law and explore current constitutional developments in Lebanon.

Seminar

Administrative Jurisdiction

Justice at the Heart of Good Governance

On 15th of July 2020 the Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa, in cooperation with the Observatory for Public Service and Good Governance of the University Saint-Joseph (USJ), will host an online seminar on the Lebanese Administrative Judiciary. Under the topic “Administrative Jurisdiction – Justice at the Heart of Good Governance” students and the general public will have the possibility discuss with experts from the legal and political sphere current about challenges and reform perspectives for Lebanon.

Workshop

Judicial Training in the MENA Region

Fundamental Principles and Practical Training for Judges

Following to the preceding conference on “Judicial Training in the MENA Region” organized in September 2018 in Beirut, the Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with the Kuwait Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies is organizing a two-day workshop, on December 3 and 4, 2019. This year’s focus will be on “Judicial Training in the MENA Region - Fundamental Principles and Practical Training for Judges”. The workshop, that will be held in Kuwait City, aims to set the ground to develop a joint judicial culture based on mutual trust between training institutes to debate significant aspects of judicial education. It will also serve as a platform to discuss modern methods in developing judges and to benefit from the best practices.

Forum

Consitutional Dialogue 2019

Decision-Making Processes in Constitutional Courts and Councils

With the worldwide development and consolidation of constitutional review procedures, constitutional courts are increasingly confronted with highly political and controversial questions. In this regard, the quality of judicial decision-making processes plays an important role in preventing political polarization and rendering decisions in accordance to the constitution.

Study and Information Program

Administrative Court Judges from the MENA Region in Munich

Judicial transparency and public trust in judicial institutions are fundamental to a well-functioning and efficient judiciary in a rule-of-law based state. The judiciary can itself play a key role in building transparency and public trust in the judicial system, among others, by fostering a broad access to court decisions but also by engaging in proactive public relations. In this light, The Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa is organizing from 10 to 14 November 2019 a 5-day peer-to-peer study program for administrative court judges from the MENA region to the Administrative Court of Munich, the Bavarian High Administrative Court and other relevant judicial institutions in Germany. The aim is to provide a platform of exchange of expertise and a practical insight into the administrative judiciary in Germany.

Discussion

Constitutional Control and the Rule of Law in the MENA Region

Presentation and Discussion of Findings (2017-2019)

The Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is presenting the findings of the workshop series “Mapping Constitutional Control in the MENA Region”, held with selected partners from 2017 – 2019. Five participants of the workshop series were selected to present discuss their contributions at a political roundtable at Allianz Forum Berlin on September 24th and the 2019 LDRN (Law and Development Research Network) Conference at Humboldt-University of Berlin from September 25th – 27th.

Expert conference

Parliamentary Research Services

Strengthening the Legislature by Professional and Independent Research and Analysis

Parliamentary work is at the foundation of every well-functioning democracy, professional and independent research and services to parliamentarians have gained increasing importance over the past decades. The Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa in cooperation with the Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace under the auspices of the General Secretariat of the Parliament of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and backed by the General Secretariat of The Arab Parliamentary Union are organizing a conference on “Parliamentary Research Services – Strengthening the Legislature by Professional and Independent Research and Analysis” taking place in Amman - Jordan on July 2 and 3, 2019.

Expert conference

The Introduction of Ex-Post Constitutional Review Procedures

Developments, Challenges and Application Perspectives in Morocco

In recent years, several institutions charged with constitutional review in the countries of the MENA region have been established for the first time or reformed by the attribution of new procedures. On 13 June 2019, the Rule of Law Programme Middle East/North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung, in partnership with the Agence Judiciaire du Royaume du Maroc, holds an international expert meeting in Rabat, on the introduction of ex-post constitutional review procedures in the MENA region and their application perspectives in Morocco.

Symposium

Mapping Constitutional Control in the MENA Region

Recent Developments, Challenges and Reform Trends

The Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung announces the upcoming international symposium on Mapping Constitutional Control in the MENA Region, that brings together the results of a series of expert meetings that the regional Rule of Law Programme together with the Arab Association for Constitutional Law has carried out over the course of the last two years. The symposium will be held from 15th to 17th April 2019, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Remuneration of Court Appointed Experts

Between 12 November and 14 December, 2018, the Rule of Law Program Middle East/North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized two expert meetings on the “Remuneration of Court Appointed Experts, and of Clerks’ Travel Expenses” as part of the continuous cooperation with the Lebanese Judicial Supreme Council. A committee composed of judges and legal experts from Lebanon and Germany gathered to examine existing standards for the remuneration of court appointed experts in Lebanon and Europe and elaborated on this basis a proposal for a fixed remuneration scale with the aim to foster a transparent and independent judiciary in Lebanon.

The Specific Judicial Review of Statutes Procedure before the German Federal Constitutional Court

Roundtable

On November 28th, 2018 the Rule of Law Program Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized a Round Table on the topic of “The Specific Judicial Review of Statutes Procedure before the German Federal Constitutional Court”, which was held at the Constitutional Court of the State of Baden Württemberg in Stuttgart. This Round Table took place within a 5-day expert study visit for presidents and members of constitutional courts and councils from the Middle East and North Africa to key institutions for constitutional jurisdiction in Europe focusing on constitutional review procedures.

Role and Impact of Constitutional Courts in Relation to Other High Courts

Mapping Constitutional Control in the MENA Region (Part 5)

Between the 7th and 9th November 2018 the Rule of Law Program Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung held a workshop on “Role and Impact of Constitutional Courts in Relation to Other High Courts.” It was organized in cooperation with the Arab Association for Constitutional Law (AACL), and marks the fifth expert meeting of the series on “Mapping Constitutional Control in the MENA Region.” Judges of constitutional and supreme courts, scholars and lawyers gathered to analyze and discuss jurisdictional conflicts and their impact on constitutional review in the MENA region.

Application of International Law in the Domestic Legal Order

Control of Treaties’ Constitutionality

From 25 to 27 October, 2018, the Rule of Law Program Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized a workshop on the “Application of International Law in the Domestic Legal Order: Control of Treaties’ Constitutionality”. Legal experts, scholars and judges of international and constitutional law in the MENA region gathered to examine the role of international law in the constitutional order of several countries of the MENA region and Europe and to discuss regulatory frameworks and practices with regard to the Control of Treaties’ Constitutionality.

Constitutional History and Development of the Lebanese State

"Knowledge of the Past for the Future"

The Lebanese Republic, looking back on a rich history that shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity, has faced a variety of constitutional and political challenges. These challenges are partly related to the influence of foreign powers, the system of sectarian balance and to the tensions therein. Today, decades after having established a political system with a power-sharing mechanism based on sectarian communities, Lebanon is revisiting its constitutional history, searching for answers for its future development.

Developing the Organization of Administrative Judiciary in Lebanon

Concepts and Options

On 14th September 2018 the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa, in cooperation with Legal Agenda, held a workshop concerning "Concepts and Options to Develop the Organization of Administrative Judiciary in Lebanon".

Judicial Training in the MENA Region

Curricula and Teaching Methods

From 26 to 27 September, 2018, leaders of judicial training institutes from the MENA region and Europe gathered in Beirut to exchange experiences and best practices on the organization and methods of judicial training. During the two-day workshop organized by the Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with the Institute of Judicial Studies of Lebanon and the Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace (LFPCP) the participants focused on key aspects of judicial training such as training schemes, practical training and the organization of judicial training institutes.

Dynamics of Judicial Independence

Undue influence on the judiciary and how to protect judges against it

On September 12, 2018 the Rule of Law Program Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in cooperation with Maison du Futur, organized a workshop titled “Dynamics of Judicial Independence: Undue influence on the judiciary and how to protect judges against it - A Comparative Regional and International Perspective.” Judges and legal experts gathered to examine different mechanisms adopted by judicial entities to protect the individual judge against undue influence and pressure.

Constitutional Review of Elections and Electoral Disputes in the MENA Region

Mapping Consitutional Control in the MENA Region (Part 4)

On April 10th and 11th, 2018 the Rule of Law Program Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized a workshop titled “Constitutional Review of Elections and Electoral Disputes in the MENA Region” as part of a series of in-depth expert-meetings on constitutional control in the MENA region. Under the auspices of the Constitutional Court of Kuwait, judges and legal experts from more than seven countries gathered to examine existing procedures for the review of elections and electoral disputes, their application and effects.

Constitutional Review Procedures for the Protection of Fundamental Rights

Mapping Constitutional Control in the MENA Region (Part 3)

On March 12th and 13th, 2018 the Rule of Law Program Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized an expert meeting titled “Constitutional Review Procedures for the Protection of Fundamental Rights - Recent changes, challenges and reform trends.”