Conference on “Development of an Administrative Justice System for Afghanistan”

High-level representatives from Afghanistan and international experts developed basic features for an administrative justice system in Afghanistan

On 19 and 20 October 2015, the Max Planck Foundation hosted a conference on the Development of an Administrative Justice System for Afghanistan. The conference continued the assistance provided between 2012–2014 to the Supreme Court of Afghanistan, the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission of Afghanistan (IARCSC) and the Ministry of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (MoJ) in developing an administrative justice system, including a draft Administrative Justice Law.

The conference provided the representatives with a forum to engage in further discussions on the future administrative justice system. The representatives, together with experts in German, French, Tunisian and Iranian administrative law, discussed and agreed on matters such as the basic structure of the administrative justice system and key procedural issues including the jurisdiction, the types of actions and provisional measures to be provided for in a future Administrative Justice Law. The Conference was chaired by emeritus Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, Managing Director of the Max Planck Foundation. The advising experts were Professor Dr. Karl-Peter Sommermann (DHV Speyer), Dr. Mehdi Hadavand (Allameh Tabatabai Universität, Teheran, Iran) and Patrick Schneider (IRZ).

As a next step, a Drafting Committee composed of representatives of the institutions involved in the reform process will develop a draft Administrative Justice Law on the basis of the agreements reached. At a follow-up conference to be held in Heidelberg in 2016, the representatives will have the opportunity to comment on the draft law and further instruct the Drafting Committee.