As in previous years, the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan has organised an international conference on constitutional law. For the past few years, these events have been linked with important anniversaries. In 2016, this was the 25th anniversary of independence. The subject of this year’s conference, which took place on 29 and 30 August in Astana, was the “Constitution – the basis for the dynamic and stable development of society and state.”

The Secretary of State to the President, Gulschara Abdykalikova, opened the event and welcomed many high-ranking national and international guests. The Administration of the Kazakh President, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of the Civil Service were represented, as were national and international constitutional courts through their presidents and judges. Other participants came from the Venice Commission, the OSCE and the UNO.

Germany was represented at a high level by Professor Reinhard Gaier, a judge at the German Constitutional Court and IRZ expert. He reported on the role of the German Constitutional Court. He not only spoke about the historic development of constitutional jurisdiction in Germany, but also emphasized the importance of observing and enforcing basic and human rights.

The second day of the conference was held in parallel at the Eurasian National University and the KAZGUU University. University professors and representatives of the Constitutional Courts of Jordan, Moldova, Uzbekistan and Turkey were all given the chance to have their say.