Max Planck Foundation holds its sixth and final workshop with the Constitutional Court of Mali

From 19 and 24 September, the Max Planck Foundation conducted the final workshop of a series of six capacity-building workshops with the Constitutional Court in Bamako, Mali on the topic of “Constitutional Courts’ judgment drafting and communication strategies: comparative perspective”.

The workshop was formally opened by the President of the Constitutional Court of Mali, Justice Manassa Danioko in the presence of the representative of the German Embassy in Mali. On this occasion, the Constitutional Court of Mali, through its President, officially received the second edition of the six volumes of its collected jurisprudence from 1995 to 2017, which has been prepared by the Foundation.

The first day of the workshop focused on the general aspects of the legal methodology of judgment drafting and argumentation before going into the specifics by examining the main features of the judicial reasoning in civil law systems. One of the Members of the Constitutional Court thereby provided a Malian perspective on the topic. The second day of the workshop focused on the German tradition and the methodology applied in common law jurisdictions with a special emphasis on the practice of dissenting opinions. The workshop ended with a presentation on the communication strategies of regional courts and more specifically the European Court of Human Rights.

The cooperation between the Constitutional Court of Mali and the Foundation is based on a Memorandum of Understanding which was signed in February 2017. The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.