Implementation of the Workshop on Electoral Law and Constitutional Adjudication for the Afghan Constitutional Studies Institution

Max Planck Foundation successfully implements a first workshop for the Afghan Constitutional Studies Institution (ACSI) in April 2018 in the scope of the project “Strengthening the Implementation of the Constitution”

From 7 to 11 April 2018, the Max Plank Foundation delivered a workshop on Electoral Law and Constitutional Adjudication for the ACSI, held in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The ACSI is made up of state employees, legal academics and civil society members who are all united by their desire to improve the Afghan constitution and its implementation.

The first part of the five-day workshop focused on discussing advantages and disadvantages of different electoral systems. Participants, the expert and Foundation research fellows deliberated on the influence of electoral systems on government stability and accountability. One of the members of the ACSI gave a presentation on the historical development of the Afghan electoral system and on its compliance with international election standards. Based on this background analysis the participants discussed what might be the most suitable electoral system for Afghanistan in the current situation. As a result of these deliberations the ACSI members drafted recommendations on how the Electoral Law of Afghanistan should me amended.

In the course of the second part of the workshop, the expert and Foundation research fellows presented theoretical foundations of constitutional adjudication and introduced different models of constitutional review from some Islamic and other countries. One ACSI member presented the current state of affairs in this regard in Afghanistan. This input provided a fertile ground for further discussions on the potential model of constitutional adjudication for Afghanistan. ACSI members stressed the importance of solving this issue for future political stability in Afghanistan. Subsequently, they decided to continue working on this issue and to develop it further from an academic perspective.

This workshop, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, continued the implementation of the second component of the project 'Strengthening the Implementation of the Constitution', which assists Afghan state institutions and civil society in addressing constitutional issues.