The Foundation held its second seminar at the Moroccan Constitutional Court in Rabat
The Max Planck Foundation implemented its second seminar on 13 November 2019 together with Judges of the Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Morocco thematically focusing on constitutional interpretation. The Foundation was very honoured to welcome the German Federal Constitutional Court Judge Professor Dr Andreas Paulus who provided the Moroccan judges with first-hand experience on the German Federal Constitutional Court’s interpretative approaches to the Basic Law as well as its Limitations.
Before the technical presentations, the seminar opened with welcoming addresses by the President of the Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Morocco, Dr Said Ihrai, the German Ambassador in Rabat, Dr Götz Schmidt-Bremme, and one of the Foundation’s Managing Director and the Head of Project, Professor Dr Rüdiger Wolfrum.
The thematic discussions subsequently started with a presentation on the general rules of interpretation in the light of the particularities of a Constitution from a comparative perspective as introduction to the specific subject under discussion at the seminar. This was followed by presentations focusing on the particular experiences of the German Constitutional Court and its Moroccan counterpart. The experiences of the latter were underlined with an overview on the jurisprudence of the Moroccan Constitutional Court since its inauguration in 2017 – allowing for a greater comparison between both Courts’ approaches.
During the afternoon, the seminar was complemented with a presentation on Selected Jurisprudence of the German Federal Constitutional Court concentrating on its interpretative approaches to the Basic Law which further enabled a profound practical insight into the German Court’s approaches.
The seminar took place with the generous support of the German Federal Foreign Office as part of the project entitled: Strengthening the Constitutional System of the Kingdom of Morocco: Enhancing the Capacities of the Constitutional Court.