Support to the Constitutional Reform in the Republic of the Sudan

In 2014, the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir called upon all political forces and civil society in the country to take part in an inclusive National Dialogue addressing the enormous social, political, security, and economical challenges confronting the Republic of the Sudan. The National Dialogue was intended to culminate in an inclusive process of constitutional reform to enshrine the agreements reached within the Dialogue in a new constitutional document replacing the current Interim National Constitution of the Republic of the Sudan of 2005 (INC).

However, while the National Dialogue Conference was eventually launched in October 2015, in the end, it did not materialise in an inclusive process, as it was conducted without the participation of the major opposition parties. Beyond, it also did not directly lead up to an inclusive constitutional process. Notwithstanding this, the steps towards a revised constitutional order in the Sudan progressed since the completion of the National Dialogue and the launch of its Outcome Document in the beginning of October 2016. Based on the principles laid out in the latter, until today, the Republic of the Sudan continues to pursue a substantial reform of the Constitution, during which the Sudanese Legislature is envisaged to assume a key function.

The Max Planck Foundation is supporting the Republic of the Sudan's commitments towards an inclusive constitutional reform already since 2014. Consequently, building on these previous endeavours, in April 2017, the Foundation started its latest initiative being directed at enhancing the legal capacities of the Sudanese Legislature in the area of constitutional law. The Foundation is, thereby, providing legal capacity building measures on a technical level to members of the Sudanese National Assembly and the Sudanese Council of States on core matters of constitutional law and constitutional drafting processes. The trainings follow an academic and comparative law approach outlining international legal standards and introducing best model practices on constitutional design, which are thoroughly chosen in accordance with the needs and prerequisites of the Sudanese and with respect to the Sudanese constitutional framework and context. All project activities are scheduled to take place in Khartoum, so as to ensure local participation and ownership.

The programme is conducted with the generous support of the German Federal Foreign Office.


01 April 2017 - 31 December 2018