Research Stay and Study Tour for Top Afghan and Pakistani Females

Max Planck Foundation organises research stay and legal study tour after seminars in 2016

The Max Planck Foundation organised a legal study tour across Europe from 21 November to 2 December 2016 for top Afghan and Pakistani female law students and lawyers. The participants had previously attended seminars that aimed to strengthen their expertise in international law through collaborative learning that adopted a cross-border approach.

The top 12 participants of the Max Planck Foundation’s seminars on “Advanced Public International Law” and “Introduction to International Criminal Law” were selected for the research stay and study tour. The participants undertook a research stay at the Max Planck Foundation to develop their research papers related to the prior seminars, supervised by Mr Adam Walker and Max Planck Research Fellows in Heidelberg, Germany. They attended workshops on topics including, inter alia, academic reading and writing, critical thinking and forming arguments.

The participants then travelled to visit various legal institutions across Europe. In Strasbourg, they visited the European Court of Human Rights and in The Hague, they also visited the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court. They met with judges, prosecutors and defense counsel, as well as other legal professionals. Finally, they travelled to Geneva, where they visited the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and met with experts of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Special Procedures, as well as members of civil society organisations. Throughout their meetings the participants enthusiastically engaged in thoughtful discussions, reflecting on experiences within their respective jurisdictions and building on the material delivered in the seminars throughout 2016.

The research stay and study tour is the final activity of a programme aimed at legal capacity building across Pakistan and Afghanistan (2015 to 2016).