“Better Regulation” – Workshops for Afghan Law-Makers

Max Planck Foundation conducts series of workshops for the Afghan Ministry of Justice and other State institutions

The Max Planck Foundation, in cooperation with the Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law, conducted three workshops on “Better Regulation” in Kabul, Afghanistan. The target group included legal staff of the ministries and other legal officers directly involved in the drafting of legislation. Next to members of the legislative department of the Ministry of Justice and the line ministries, representatives of the Supreme Court, the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution and of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission also participated in the event.

The first workshop, which took place on 28 and 29 May, introduced the participants to the basic principles of “better regulation” or “regulatory reform”. During the second workshop from 13 until 17 August, the participants discussed the different tools to improve the quality of laws, in particular impact assessments, public consultations and reduction of administrative burdens. The last workshop from 29 until 30 October 2016 focused on implementing these tools in the Afghan legal order. As a first step, the participants identified the main challenges for better regulation in Afghanistan. Afterwards the participants analysed the existing legal framework and structures in the law-making process to see how these could be used to improve the quality of law-making in Afghanistan.