Kick-off Event “International Legal Assistance in Afghanistan” in Kabul

Max Planck Foundation begins the project “International Legal Assistance in Afghanistan”

The Max Planck Foundation and the Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law (HBORL) jointly held the kick-off event of the ‘International Legal Assistance in Afghanistan’ project on 29 March 2015 in Kabul. Participants included representatives of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court, the Attorney General’s Office, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior and the Afghan Independent Bar Association.

The aim of the project is to strengthen the handling of international legal assistance in civil and criminal matters by the respective Afghan state institutions. A series of seminars and workshops for the responsible Afghan officials is scheduled to take place soon. The project is expected to take place over a one-year timeframe and is funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. This project will be implemented by the Max Planck Foundation and the Hamida Barmaki Organization.

After project presentations at the kick-off event, the participants of the event discussed the current state of affairs and the arrangements for cooperation for the scope of the project. The kick-off event established the basis for a successful cooperation among the actors involved and was thus an important prerequisite for the success of the entire project. Furthermore, the knowledge obtained from the joint discussion provided a basis for a need-based development of the training curricula.