Support to the Constitutional Reform Process in Sudan

As the endeavours for constitutional reform in the Republic of the Sudan still continue, the Foundation launched its follow-up project with the German Federal Foreign Office in January 2019. As with its previous programme, the project is being directed towards the enhancement of technical legal capacities in the area of comparative constitutional law of key actors within the constitutional reform.

At the beginning of the project, the group of direct beneficiaries included members of the Sudanese National Assembly and the Sudanese Council of States as at the time it was envisaged that the National Legislature assumes a key function with respect to the constitutional reform. However, following the toppling of the former regime under President Omar Al-Bashir, not only the Parliament was dissolved but the constitutional reform process reinvigorated, which led to a redirection of the direct beneficiaries of the project’s activities. Since that time the Foundation convenes the key actors within the constitutional reform, which also includes representatives who have been taking part in the drafting of the current interim constitution, the Constitutional Charter of 2019, as well as eventually those mandated with the drafting of the new Sudanese constitution.

The Foundation is providing the legal capacity building measures on a technical level focussing on core matters of comparative constitutional law and constitutional drafting processes. The trainings follow an academic and comparative law approach with consideration for the constitutional history of the Sudanese Republic, outlining international legal standards and introducing best model practices on constitutional design. The latter are carefully selected in accordance with the needs and prerequisites of the Sudanese and with respect to the Sudanese constitutional framework and context.