Third Workshop with the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Mali

Max Planck Foundation holds workshop in attendance of two judges of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany

From 1 to 3 November, the Max Planck Foundation accompanied by two judges from the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany conducted a workshop in Bamako, Mali on the topic of "Fundamental Rights: A Comparative Perspective". During the three days of the workshop, topics related to the concepts and limits to fundamental rights and the principle of proportionality were thoroughly discussed and analysed from a comparative perspective. The workshop included a presentation by Judge Modibo Tounty Guindo, former judge at the African Court for Human and People's Rights, who shared his thoughts about the system of protection of fundamental rights and freedoms in Mali. A German perspective on the issues of freedom of expression, the right to strike and the principle of equality was presented by Prof. Dr. Gabriele Britz and Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger from the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. 

The workshop was formally opened by the President of the Constitutional Court of Mali, Manassa Danioko; the Ambassador of Germany in Mali, Dietrich Becker, Judge Prof. Dr. Eichberger and the Head of Sub-Saharan Africa Projects at the Max Planck Foundation, Dr. Kathrin Scherr.

The workshop is part of a series of capacity building workshops for the members of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Mali. The cooperation between the Constitutional Court of Mali and the Max Planck Foundation is based on a memorandum of understanding which was signed in February 2017. The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.