Presentation of the Administrative Procedure Law for Afghanistan and Administrative Tribunal Conference

19 and 20 November in Kabul, Afghanistan

The aims of the presentation were to introduce the draft to the main Afghan stakeholders and to gather momentum for the future adoption of the law. The presentation of the law was co-organised by the Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission of Afghanistan (IARCSC) and the Max Planck Foundation.

Among the attendants to the conference were various heads of Afghan public administration as well as the Second Vice President, Sarwar Danish, the Attorney General Mohammad Farid Hamidi, and the Chairman of the IARCSC Nader Nadery. In his introductory speech, the Second Vice President outlined the importance of the Administrative Procedure Law in the current administrative reform process. Furthermore, he acknowledged the valuable support offered by the Max Planck Foundation and the German Federal Foreign Office.

On the following day, a conference addressed the role of administrative tribunals in Afghanistan. A Senior Research Fellow from the Foundation carried out the introductory presentation, which aimed at mapping the current work of administrative review bodies in Afghanistan.

The presentation was followed by an intensive debate on the challenges faced by the existing administrative review bodies. At the end of the conference, consensus could be reached on the importance of administrative review boards and as to the need of harmonising their procedures and powers. The individuals who attended the conference are current members of the administrative review boards. The conference was a joint effort of the IARCSC and the Foundation.

The Foundation assists the Afghan authorities in the drafting of innovative legislation for the country's administration by providing technical and legal advice. The development of the Administrative Procedure Law and the development of a study on administrative tribunals are two key components of the project "Improving Afghan Administrative Law III", which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Max Planck Foundation.