Fourth Afghan Legal Studies Conference held in Kabul
With the support of its local team, the Max Planck Foundation realised its annual Afghan Legal Studies Conference (ALSC) in Kabul between 14 and 16 November 2017. Guests from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Iran, Pakistan, USA and Uzbekistan attended the event. In their opening speeches, the Foundation's long-term partner, Gholam Hassan Gran (Ministry of Interior) underscored the importance of legal research for the development of the country. Six Ph.D. candidates who are supported by the Foundation's "Hamida Barmaki Scholarship Program" chaired the conference panels. Some of them already gained important positions, such as Haroon Mutasem (Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Kabul University), Abdel-Ellah Sediqi (Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to France) and Lutforahman Saeed (Deputy Chairman, Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution).
The editors of the newly founded Journal of Afghan Legal Studies (JALS), Mohammad Hashim Kamali (Professor of Law), Tilmann Röder (Managing Director, Max Planck Foundation) and Lutforahman Saeed, used the opportunity to launch the peer-reviewed periodical that contains articles in Dari, Pashto and English language. The JALS is the only Afghan law periodical that is registered with the ISSN organisation in Paris. As the conference, it covers all important areas of Islamic and state law. Mohammad Hashim Kamali Kamali and Tilmann Röder confirmed their intention to continue the conference series and invited the Ph.D. candidates and all other scholars to join their effort.