Second Training-of-Trainers Workshop for Somali Legal Advisors to the Somali Federal Parliament

Max Planck Foundation organises second Training of Trainers Workshop

The EU funded project “Legal Capacity Building and Technical Support for the Somali Federal Parliament”, supports the Somali Federal Parliament through systematic capacity building and the provision of technical legal advice and comparative research on a number of public law questions of relevance to the Somali law-making and constitutional review processes. In line with the Foundation’s Training-of-Trainers methodology this envisions the delivery of a workshop series to Somali Legal Advisors, who will in turn deliver trainings to the Members of the Somali Federal Parliament.

From 20 to 24 February 2019, the Foundation held its second Training-of-Trainers Workshop for Somalia Legal Advisors embedded within the House of the People and the Upper House of the Somali Federal Parliament. The workshop focused on the topics of “Horizontal and Vertical Separation of Powers in a Federal System”, “National Budgetary Processes from a Comparative Perspective” and “Parliamentary Oversight Processes from a Comparative Perspective”. Each of these topics was addressed by a substantive presentation on the subject matter, followed by a working group assignment allowing the participants to apply their newly gained knowledge. In the ensuing discussions the presentation as well as the working group assignment were adjusted with the feedback and input of the Somali Legal Advisors to better serve the local context. These adjusted workshop materials will now be used by the Somali Legal Advisors for the trainings to be held for the Members of the Somali Federal Parliament in Mogadishu.

In the course of the workshop the participants also addressed a topical issue for technical and legal advice activities under the project. As the Somali Legal Advisors have been requested to provide technical advice on how public consultations could be organized in the Somali constitutional review process, an introductory presentation on this topic was made during the workshop. The participants then engaged in a discussion on what questions could be raised on the key issues currently under discussion in the Somali constitutional review process. This material will subsequently be presented to the Somali constitutional review bodies.