Legal Capacity Building and Technical Support for the Somali Federal Parliament

In continuation of the Foundation’s project “Capacity Building and Legal Advice for the Somali Federal Parliament (2017-18)”, the Foundation is currently implementing a follow-up project entitled “Legal Capacity Building and Technical Support for the Somali Federal Parliament”, which is funded by the European Union and will be running for three years, from September 2018 to September 2021. The project continues supporting the Somali Federal Parliament through systematic capacity building and the provision of technical legal advice and comparative research on a number of public law questions of relevance to the Somali law making and constitutional review processes.

The first project component consists of legal and technical support for the two Speakers’ Offices of the Somali Federal Parliament. The second component involves the continued provision of legal and technical support for the constitutional review process in Somalia. In particular, assistance is provided for the Joint Constitutional Review and Implementation Oversight Committee in terms of legal advice and research in comparative constitutional law. The third component takes forward the Foundation’s support to legislative drafting in Somalia. Upon instruction of the Offices of the Speakers of Parliament, the Foundation conducts reviews of draft legislation as well as providing commentaries and accompanying research papers for relevant parliamentary committees entrusted with the drafting of implementing legislation. The fourth project component involves the organisation of a series of capacity-building workshops for selected Members of Parliament in Mogadishu.

These workshops address a number of selected Somali constitutional law topics reviewed from a comparative legal perspective, with the aim of improving the understanding of Members of Parliament of the constitutional framework and thereby strengthening the Somali law making and constitutional review processes. For the first time, the Foundation will also offer a number of capacity building workshops for selected members of the Legislative Assemblies of the five Somali Federal Member States, i.e. Galmudug, Hirshabelle, Jubaland, Puntland and South West State.

Funding

European Union

European Union

Duration

19 September 2018 – 18 September 2021

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