Foundation experts held discussions on the role of the Constitutional Court of Jordan in the Constitutional and Legal System
On 24 November 2021, the Max Planck Foundation held a high-level seminar with Members of the Constitutional Court of Jordan at the Constitutional Court in Amman, on the role of the Constitutional Court in the constitutional and legal system in Jordan.
The seminar was formally inaugurated by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Jordan, HE Mr. Bernhard Kampmann, Deputy President of the Constitutional Court of Jordan, Judge Fayez al-Hamarneh and the Head of Project at the Max Planck Foundation.
A total of 10 Judges attended the seminar in which Foundation experts presented on the relationship between Constitutional Courts, the ordinary judiciary and other state institutions, how to enhance the binding effect of decisions of the Constitutional Court, and the role of the Constitutional Court in enhancing the separation of powers. The proposed amendments to Articles 60 and 61 of the Constitution recommended by the Royal Committee on developing the Political System in Jordan were also discussed in brief. The proposed amendments recommended the removal of the filtering role of the Court of Cassation for cases referred from the ordinary courts to the Constitutional Court in order to ease access to the Constitutional Court directly from the ordinary courts.
The seminar also provided an opportunity for a meeting on the sidelines between the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Bernhard Kampmann and the President of the Constitutional Court of Jordan, HE Mr. Hesham al-Tal.
Mr. Hesham al-Tal especially thanked the Ambassador for the support provided by the German Embassy in Jordan and the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany to the development of the Constitutional Court of Jordan by supporting the project of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law in Jordan.
The seminar is part of the Max Planck Foundation’s project on Strengthening Legislative Compliance and Constitutional Interpretation in Jordan: for Judges of the Ordinary Courts, the Constitutional Court and the Bureau of Legislation and Opinion, generously supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.
The component aims to strengthen the implementation of the Constitution by enhancing the understanding of members of the Court on fundamental principles of Constitutional law and the jurisprudence of constitutional courts from a comparative perspective.