Max Planck Foundation Delivers the First Workshop with the Members of the Constitutional Court of Jordan

A comparative analysis of the development, jurisdiction and role of constitutional courts

The Max Planck Foundation delivered the first in a series of three planned workshops in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in early December 2014 in Amman, Jordan.

The workshop focused on “A Comparative Analysis of the Development, Jurisdiction and Role of Constitutional Courts”, and was delivered by two experienced Research Fellows of the Max Planck Foundation and an expert in comparative constitutional law from the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. The workshop undertook to analyse the competencies, jurisdiction and role of constitutional courts from a comparative perspective, and to relate them to the specific circumstances and experience of the Constitutional Court in Jordan, in the context of the organic laws of the Court and its constitutional mandate. The aim of the workshop was to provide a scope of the possible ways in which the Court could develop and enhance its role and practice in line with international standards of best practice.

The workshop was inaugurated by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, His Excellency Mr. Ralph Tarraf, the Vice President of the Constitutional Court of Jordan, His Excellency Judge Fahed Nsour and a Representative from the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law. The Max Planck Foundation envisages delivering two more workshops in 2015 with the Constitutional Court and a study tour and seminar planned for the Members of the Constitutional Court of Jordan to visit the German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The workshops comprise one component of the programme for “Support to the Constitutional Court and Judicial Institutions of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”, funded by the German Foreign Office and implemented by the Max Planck Foundation.