Human Rights workshop for female judges in Afghanistan conducted by the Max Planck Foundation and its local partners

The second workshop discussion on constitutional law with a particular focus on human rights convened female judges from Kabul and the Afghan provinces.

From 12 to 16 October 2019, the Foundation and its partner organisations, the Afghan Legal Research Development Organisation (ALRDO) and the Afghanistan Women Judges Association (AWJA), conducted the second workshop discussion on constitutional law in Afghanistan with female judges from Kabul as well as from other provinces. The Supreme Court was directly involved in the organisation of the programme and a trainer from the Supreme Court´s Judicial Training Department delivered a presentation on the Independence of the Judiciary.

Expert presentations delivered by the Foundation, ALRDO and the Afghan Ombudsperson, Ms Ghizaal Haress, covered the full spectrum of human rights ranging from the historical perspective to the debate on universality versus cultural relativism in the framework of Islamic Law. Judges appreciated the interactive method of presentations delivered and actively engaged in the solution of case studies demonstrating a remarkable interest, commitment and openness to the workshop’s topics. In the presence of representatives from the German Embassy in Kabul, judges were very outspoken as they voiced their request for more opportunities for professional growth and exchange.

Participants also benefitted from the cooperation between the Foundation and the International Psychosocial Organization (Ipso) with the latter delivering sessions on awareness related to implicit bias of legal professionals.

The event was part of the project “Strengthening Constitutional Interpretation and the Application of Constitutional Law in Afghanistan“, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.