Participants in the conference. Also present: Judges at the German Federal Constitutional Court, Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger (1st row, 3rd from left) and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Britz (1st row, centre)
Participants in the conference. Also present: Judges at the German Federal Constitutional Court, Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger (1st row, 3rd from left) and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Britz (1st row, centre)

On 30 and 31 October 2017, the IRZ in partnership with the Constitutional Court of Jordan organised the third joint multilateral conference in Amman on current topics concerning the practice of constitutional courts. This event took place within the framework of the institutional funding provided by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. As in previous years, the IRZ once again involved experts from other partner states in the MENA region. As well as Jordanian and Tunisian constitutional lawyers, judges from the Constitutional Court of Morocco, which was only established this year, were also included for the first time.

The partnership between the IRZ and constitutional courts in the region is also supported by the German Federal Constitutional Court. German Federal Constitutional Court members, Prof. Dr. Michael Eichberger and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Britz, were therefore also able to take part in Amman this year, bringing their German expertise to the event.

The lectures and subsequent discussions at the conference dealt with the following subjects:

  • The interpretation of the constitution by the constitutional court,
  • The validity, implementation and binding effect of constitutional court judgements,
  • Judicial reviews and
  • The role of the constitutional court in the implementation of international agreements in national law.

Procedural matters concerning submissions to the constitutional court were also discussed, as well as fundamental issues concerning individual constitutional complaints.

The multilateral exchange of opinions and experiences was extremely informative and instructive for all participants. This is especially true considering that constitutional jurisdiction is in various phases of activity in the individual partner states of the IRZ. The Constitutional Court of Jordan was set up in 2012, in Morocco it was this year, whilst in Tunisia they still need to introduce a constitutional court based on the already existing constitutional court act of December 2015.

However, all participants from the partner states were in agreement that the activities and experience of the German Federal Constitutional Court could generate extremely valuable momentum for the further expansion and development of constitutional jurisdiction in Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

The IRZ will therefore continue the series of multilateral conferences on the subject of constitutional jurisdiction in Jordan and in other partner states in the MENA region.