Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger (2nd from left), a former judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court;  Dr. Matthias Hartwig, a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg; Dr. Stefan Hülshörster, Managing Director of the IRZ; Natalia Karpowitsch, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus (from left to right)
Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger (2nd from left), a former judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court; Dr. Matthias Hartwig, a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg; Dr. Stefan Hülshörster, Managing Director of the IRZ; Natalia Karpowitsch, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus (from left to right)
Belarus

On 17 October 2019, the IRZ and the Constitutional Court of Belarus organised an expert conference in Minsk on “National constitutional law in the context of international law”. The IRZ experts taking part in the event were Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger, a former judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court, and Dr. Matthias Hartwig, a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. The German contributions were supplemented by short talks by Belarusian constitutional court judges.

The topics discussed at the conference were:

  • The relationship between international law and constitutional law: The role of the constitutional court in the interpretation and application of international law; international law as a criterion in constitutional court decisions
  • Hierarchy of norms, conflicts and harmonisation of laws – interpretation in compliance with international and constitutional law
  • Taking international law into account in the constitutional monitoring of national legislation and an overview of some of the recent decisions of the German Federal Constitutional Court
  • The characteristics of the rule-of-law principle and how this is supported and implemented by the Constitutional Court, as well as a presentation of the key elements of the rule-of-law principle

Attending the event were judges and heads of division from the Constitutional Court of Belarus, as well as members of the House of Representatives, the Council of the Republic, the Presidential Administration, the Court of the Eurasian Economic Union and various ministries. Academics and representatives from non-governmental organisations were also present.

The active involvement of the 55 or so participants showed that the themes chosen for the conference were of great interest. Some areas, such as the subject of constitutional complaints, also led to critical discussions with the participants.

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