Third workshop for the Constitutional Court of Mali on “The enforcement and defence of fundamental rights before constitutional courts through indirect individual petitions: comparative perspectives”

In continuation of its commitment to support the Constitutional Court during the transitional process and the organisation of general elections to mark the end of the transition, the Max Planck Foundation organised a three-day workshop for the Constitutional Court of Mali in Bamako in December 2021.

In his opening remarks, the President of the Constitutional Court, H.E. Amadou Ousmane Toure underlined the relevance of the workshop topics and praised the renewed corporation between the Foundation and the Constitutional Court of Mali during this crucial time for the country.

The three days of reflection focused on the mandate of constitutional courts to protect fundamental rights in the context of indirect individual appeals. From this perspective, both procedural and substantive challenges were examined which may arise in the course of launching an indirect individual petition. The comparative constitutional case law served as a basis for the extensive discussions that followed after each presentation. In addition, the enforcement and applicability of international law by African constitutional jurisdictions allowed many lessons to be learned and difficulties to be identified when exercising control over the regularity and application of treaties in the domestic legal orders.

In his closing speech, the President welcomed the exemplary partnership between the Foundation and the Constitutional Court and thanked the Max Planck team for their professionalism and constant availability.

The workshop was the third in a series of activities with the Constitutional Court of Mali under the Max Planck Foundation project, “Support to the Transitional Process in Mali”, generously funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.