Consultancy for the Ministry of Justice of Afghanistan

Foundation provides expert advice on Labour Law Draft for the Legislative Department of the Afghan Ministry of Justice

The Max Planck Foundation, in close cooperation with the Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law conducted a seminar for the Ministry of Justice of Afghanistan in Kabul from 13-15 March 2016 to consult on the draft of the labour law. The reform of the labour law is an important step forward towards the implementation of the obligations of the Afghan Government agreed on at the London Conference on Afghanistan 2014. The Foundation is assisting the Legislative Department of the Ministry of Justice to finalise the draft reform law of the 2007 labour law which is then to be introduced to Parliament.

In preparation for the consultancy, international experts analysed the labour law draft prepared by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to ensure compliance with legislative drafting standards, Afghan constitutional law as well as international law, in particular international labour standards. For the consultancy itself, representatives of the legislative department of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission as well as representatives of the employees and employers were invited. An international labour law expert and a research fellow of the Max Planck Foundation discussed the provisions of the labour law draft with the participants.

A second consultancy on the draft law is scheduled for May.

The consultancy activities form a part of the project “Improving the Afghan Legislative Process II”, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Max Planck Foundation.