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Expert conference

Judges, Social Media and Impartiality

Approaches, Regulations and Results

From the 10th to the 13th of March 2019, the Rule of Law Programme Middle East/North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organizes an international expert meeting on the topic “Judges, Social Media and Impartiality: Approaches, Regulations and Results”, which will take place in Cadenabbia, Italy. The conference will serve as a forum for an academic discussion between scholars and judges by exchanging expertise on the relatively new phenomena of social media and its impact on the judicial function.

Forum

Constitutional Dialogue 2018

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

Access to judicial records and to information about the judiciary is an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of transparency of the judiciary. While the current attention is being focused on promoting freedom of information and access to records with regard to the executive functions of government, much less has been done to secure or even evaluate access to judicial information within high courts and councils both on an internal and external level.

Workshop

Remuneration of Court Appointed Experts and Clerks´ Travel Expenses

On the 12 and 13 November 2018, the Rule of Law Program Middle East/North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organizes in collaboration with the Lebanese Supreme Judicial Council a workshop on “Remuneration of Court Appointed Experts and Clerks´ Travel Expenses” in Beirut, Lebanon.

Workshop

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

Mapping Constitutional Control in the MENA Region (Part 5)

Das Rechtsstaatsprogramm Naher Osten / Nordafrika der Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung organisiert in Zusammenarbeit mit der Arab Association for Constitunional Law (AACL) den fünften Workshop in der Reihe “Mapping Constitutional Control in the MENA region” zum Thema "Die Rolle und der Einfluss des/von Verfassungsgerichts auf andere Oberste Gerichte", am 8. und 9. November in Amman, Jordanien.

Workshop

Application of International Law in the Domestic Legal Order: Control of Treaties’ Constitutionality

From 25th to 27th October, the Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung conduct in cooperation with the Lebanese Centre for International Studies (LCIS) a workshop on the unconstitutionality of treaties.

Workshop

Conference of Judicial Training Institutes from the MENA region

The Rule of Law Programme KAS in cooperation with the LFPCP conducts a regional conference of judicial training institutes in order to enable the exchange of expertise and therefore enhance the quality of judicial trainings in the MENA region.

REVISITING THE PATH OF LEBANON OVER THE PAST 100 YEARS – AN ANALYSIS OF DIFFERENT CONSTITUTIONAL ASPECTS II

On the 24th September, the Rule of Law Programme MENA of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organizes in cooperation with the Notre-Dame University a workshop in Louaizeh, Lebanon.

Workshop

Support and Reinforcement of an Accountable and Independent Administrative Judiciary in Lebanon

On September 14, the Rule of Law Programme Middle East / North Africa of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with Legal Agenda conducts a workshop to assess organizational and procedural aspects of the administrative court system in Lebanon.

Workshop

The Dynamics of Judicial Independence

Undue influence on the judiciary - and how to protect judges against it.Comparative Regional and International Perspective

Study and Information Program

Study trip to Germany for Administrative Law Judges from the MENA region

From 11th to 19th July 2018, the regional Rule of Law Program of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is organizing a study trip for Judges of Administrative Courts from the MENA region to Germany.

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.

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.