Second Workshop to Support the Afghan Labour Law Reform

Max Planck Foundation organises consultancy workshop for the Afghan Ministry of Justice

From 22–25 May 2016, the Max Planck Foundation conducted, in close cooperation with the Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law, a workshop for the Afghan Ministry of Justice to advise on the draft of the revised labour law. The consultancy was the second seminar with which the Foundation assisted the Ministry of Justice to scrutinise the draft version of the law reform. The new labour law aims, among other objectives, at strengthening compliance with international labour standards.

Representatives of the legislative department of the Ministry of Justice, of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission were invited to participate in the workshop. Additionally, representatives of the social partners, the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry as representative of the employers and the National Union of Afghan Workers and Employees as representative of the employees took part in the event. The participants discussed the provisions of the draft law with an international and a national labour law expert. Special attention was given to regulatory impact of the new legislation. In addition, a research fellow of the Max Planck Foundation presented research results and comparative examples for topics requested by the Ministry of Justice in advance.

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.