Max Planck Foundation Workshop with the Constitutional Court of Jordan

Workshop for Judges of the Constitutional Court of Jordan on Methods and Principles of Interpretation in Constitutional Courts’ Jurisprudence

On 29 November 2018, the Max Planck Foundation delivered a one-day workshop on the "Methods of Interpretation in Constitutional Courts' Jurisprudence". The workshop was formally inaugurated by HE Judge Hisham al-Tal and the Foundation's Country Manager for Jordan. Judge Hisham al-Tal was recently appointed as President of the Constitutional Court of Jordan by Royal Decree in October 2018. The workshop was attended by the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court HE Judge Mansour al-Hadidi, eight Members of the Constitutional Court of Jordan, two of whom were newly appointed in October 2018, HE Dr Mustafa al-Nawaiseh (General Secretary of the Court), and was led by two Research Fellows from the Foundation.

The technical content of the workshop focused on the modes and methods of interpretation in the jurisprudence of constitutional courts from a comparative legal perspective. It was agreed with the leadership of the Constitutional Court that this topic was of importance, especially since Jordan is undertaking a 10-year review of domestic legislation to bring it into conformity with international treaties ratified by the Kingdom of Jordan, as part of the Comprehensive National Plan for Human Rights.

The workshops with the Constitutional Court of Jordan are one component of the Foundation's project on "Raising Technical Capacity and Technical Knowledge of Judges of the Constitutional Court (Jordan and Palestine) and Judges of Ordinary Courts in Jordan (2017-2019)". The Project is generously supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.