The Foundation conducts first workshop in 2020 on constitutional law for female judges in Afghanistan

Female judges from Kabul and its city environs convened for the workshop

The Max Planck Foundation and the Afghan Legal Research Development Organisation (ALRDO), its Kabul-based partner, conducted the first workshop discussion of this year on constitutional law from 17 to 21 of October 2020. The workshop involved around 30 female judges from Kabul and its city environs. Due to COVID-19 related restrictions, the workshop followed a hybrid format including in-person presentations delivered by Afghan experts alongside on-line presentations delivered by Research Fellows through pre-recorded videos dubbed in Dari. Each video screening was followed by “live” questions and answers.

Expert presentations ranged from an introduction to constitutionalism, including through a comparative lens covering the experience of Islamic countries, to systems of governance and interpretation of constitutional provisions. The interplay of international and national law, against the background of the constitutional Sharia clause, sparked a passionate discussion among participants. Topics were treated from different angles including from an international, comparative and Afghan perspective.

The Afghan Supreme Court also contributed to the success of the workshop. A representative of the Judicial Training Department of the Supreme Court delivered a presentation on judicial independence.

The event is part of the project “the Afghan Woman Judges Association: empowerment through capacity building, partnership and advocacy” funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.