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Discussion

Constitution and State Building in Lebanon from 1920 to 2020

On the 17th of November 2017, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Rule of Law Program Middle East / North Africa) and the Notre Dame University are organizing a roundtable-discussion on "Constitution and State Building in Lebanon 1920-2020."

Workshop

Nomination and Appointment of Justices to Constitutional Courts and Councils

Mapping Constitutional Control in the MENA region (Part 1)

The regional Rule of Law Program Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, in cooperation with the Arab Association of Constitutional Law, organizes a two-day roundtable meeting in Beirut on the 21st and 22nd of October 2017.

Workshop

Control of the administrative authorities by independent supervisory bodies

Before the end of the year, 12 new administrative courts (first-instance chamber courts) will be established across Tunisia. This will deconcentrate administrative justice and make it easier for citizens outside Tunis to access.

Workshop

The Principle of Subsidiarity in the Statute of the Arab Court for Human Rights

Two-Day Workshop

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation's Rule of law Program for the Middle East/North Africa organizes with the Lebanese Center for International Studies and the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the Notre Dame University a two-day workshop.

Symposium

International Mechanisms for Protecting Human Rights

A symposium on 'International mechanisms for protecting Human Rights and their efficiency' is organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in collaboration with the Lebanese Bar Association and the Lebanese Foundation for Permanent Civil Peace.

Forum

The Modern Arab Civil State and Political Sectarianism after the Arab Revolutions

The Rule of Law program in the Mena of the KAS organized in cooperation with the University of Kuwait, a Conference on the modern Arab civil state and political sectarianism after the Arab Revolutions.

Workshop

Workshop Series on the protection of women in armed conflict

On July 16 the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with the Central Research House (CRH) conducted the last in a series of three workshops on the topic of “Women in Armed Conflicts: Positive Role and Protection Mechanisms.”

Event

Closing event of the workshop series “Promoting Women’s Role in the Political Participation”

On June 28 2016 the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Lebanese Organization of Studies and Training (LOST) participated in the closing event for the Project “Promoting Women’s Role in the Political Participation” concluding it with a joint Iftar.

Book presentation

Launching of the study on Military Courts

On June 20 the Justicia Foundation, together with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, presented their new study “Military Courts and Fair Trial. Towards a Renewed Limitation of Powers” under the auspices of the Beirut Bar Association.

Expert conference

500th anniversary of Thomas More’s philosophic novel “Utopia”

On May 19-20, 2016, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation participated in an international conference on the novel “Utopia” at Notre Dame University – Louaize (NDU).

Radio Program the "The Constitution for All"

Moderated by Dr. Marie Ghantous

In October 2020 the Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa has launched its new weekly radio program “The Constitution for All” which airs each Thursday live on Radio Liban. Hosted by Dr. Marie Ghantous, law professor and legal expert, the program receives renowned constitutional experts to provide entertaining insights on constitutional topics and developments, answering questions and comments received from the audience over the Phone, WhatsApp and Social Media!

Judicial Training in the MENA Region

Fundamental Principles and Practical Training for Judges

In cooperation with the Kuwait Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies, the Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized the second conference on “Judicial Training in the MENA Region - Fundamental Principles and Practical Training for Judges - Regional and International Perspectives”. The workshop held in Kuwait City on December 3 and 4, 2019 focused on the significant role that the judicial training institutes play in the performance development of the judges and prosecutors in-service by providing continuous education and training programs.

Constitutional Dialogue 2019

Decision-Making Processes in Constitutional Courts and Councils

With the worldwide development and consolidation of constitutional review procedures, constitutional courts and councils 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 that at the same time remain within the societal consensus and do not reflect any prior bias.

Administrative Court Judges from the MENA Region in Munich

Public Relations and the Accessibility of Court Decisions

From the 10th to the 14th of November 2019, the Rule of Law Programme Middle East/ North Africa has organised a peer-to-peer study program for administrative judges from the MENA region in Munich, Germany. In the course of the 5-day program the delegation, consisting of 8 administrative judges from Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and Kuwait, gained a deeper insight into the role and functioning of the German administrative judiciary as well as into the practical significance, procedures and every-day implementation of their work. During the program the participants had the possibility to attend several round tables and oral court hearings at the administrative court of Munich, the High Administrative Court of Bavaria, the Bavarian State Chancellery as well as the Bavarian Constitutional Court. Special emphasis was set on press services and the internal and external accessibility of judicial decisions.

Constitutional Control and the Rule of Law in the Middle East and North Africa

Presentation and Discussion of Findings (2017-2019)

Political stability, sustainable economic development, and the creation of opportunities for younger generations in North Africa and the Middle East are crucial for the future of Europe. Eight years after the Arab Spring, many parts of the region are still struggling with the consequences of armed conflict, an imbalance of power in favor of the executive, and challenges to the rule of law. At the same time, several countries have undertaken significant reforms. Initiatives to improve institutional structures and procedures are abundant. What does German and European foreign policy and development cooperation need to be aware of, and what can be done in order to foster the rule of law, efficient administration and a level of freedom that allows for investments, innovations and social peace in the region?

The Introduction of Ex-Post Constitutional Review Procedures

Developments, Challenges and Application Perspectives in Morocco

In March 2018, the Moroccan Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional the draft organic law 18-65 on the Specific Judicial Review of Statues. This organic law shall specify the the 2011 Constitution, which introduced for the first time in the constitutional history of Morocco, a mechanism that allows any litigant to invoke the unconstitutionality of a law during a trial. The Council of Minister has presented in April 2019 a revised version to the Moroccan parliament for review.

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 organized an international symposium on recent developments, challenges and reform trends regarding constitutional control in the MENA region, that brought together the results of a series of expert meetings which 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 was held from 15th to 17th April 2019, in Beirut, Lebanon.

The New Competences of the Administrative Judge

Local Authorities and the Powers of Administrative Courts

At the occasion of the first anniversary of the regional first instance administrative chamber courts in Tunisia, the Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with the Administrative Tribunal of Tunisia organized a two-day workshop, on April 1 and 2, 2019. The workshop held in Hammamet, Tunisia, focused on the newly regulated “local authorities and the powers of the administrative court”.

Impartiality of Judges and Social Media

Approaches, Regulations and Results

The impartiality of judges is among the fundamental principles of the rule of law and serves as a cornerstone for the public’s trust in the judiciary. While the emergence of social media may not have fundamentally changed the relation of judges, media and its impact on judicial impartiality, it certainly reached a new dimension.

Consitutional Dialogue 2018

High Courts and Councils, Data-base Development and Accessibility to Court Decisions

The Rule of Law Programme Middle East/North Africa organized the yearly Constitutional Dialogue held on December 17th in Beirut. The expert meeting focused on “High Courts and Councils, Data-base Development and Accessibility to Court Decisions” and gathered justices of high judicial courts and councils and representatives of related institutions from the MENA region to discuss the status quo, challenges and possibilities of reform related to the internal and external accessibility of court decisions.