Implementation of Final Workshop on International Treaty Obligations for Cambodian Parliament
From 28 November until 2 December 2016, a delegation from the Max Planck Foundation successfully conducted the final workshop on 'International Treaty Obligations with a particular Focus on Human Rights' in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The five-day seminar marked the last out of four workshops implemented over a period of one year, aimed at building capacities and raising awareness of parliamentary staff members from both houses of the Cambodian parliament in the area of human rights treaty obligations.
The final workshop focused on International Courts and Tribunals for the enforcement of international treaty obligations and human rights violations, discussing the mandate of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, as well as the enforcement mechanisms of several regional human rights mechanisms in Europe, Africa and America. Given the regional context of the seminar, special attention was also paid to recent developments regarding the establishment of a comparable regional human rights system in Asia under the auspices of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Participants were highly satisfied with the workshop content, displaying an exceptional level of engagement and remarkable analytical skills, particularly in the context of interactive exercises conducted throughout the week, including a moot court practice and group presentations. Overall, evaluations of every workshop activity showed that the presented contents have generally resulted in a better understanding of international treaty obligations, and as such were considered a valuable asset in the participants' professional performance.