Foundation and its Afghan partners conduct the first roundtable discussion on “Strengthening Constitutional Adjudication in Afghanistan”

Foundation and its partners take an important first step towards a concept paper on constitutional dispute resolution in Afghanistan.

On 8 and 9 April 2019, the Foundation, the Afghan Legal Research Development Organisation (ALRDO) and the Afghanistan Constitutional Studies Institution (ACSI) conducted the first roundtable discussion on the development of an effective constitutional adjudicating mechanism in Afghanistan with academics and members from civil society.

The participants discussed practical and legal factors which may have an impact on the current constitutional dispute resolution in Afghanistan. They deliberated on possible legal counter-measures, including improvements within existing institutional mechanisms as well as structural changes. The implementation of an individual constitutional complaint procedure and the requirements necessary to strengthen the independence of constitutional adjudicators were also addressed. The event concluded with a discussion on methods geared towards ensuring compliance with the decisions of a constitutional dispute resolution body.

The objective of these discussions was to survey the views of notable representatives from academia and civil society on constitutional adjudication in the country. A position paper authored by ACSI on Constitutional Adjudication in Afghanistan will be based upon the feedback from these discussions. This paper will be presented and discussed at a conference towards the end of the project.

This event is part of the project “Strengthening Constitutional Interpretation and the Application of Constitutional Law in Afghanistan” which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.