An international conference organised by the Constitutional Council was held in Astana on 28 and 29 August 2015 on the topic "Constitution – Unity of People, Stability, Prosperity" marking the 20th anniversary of the constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan,.

In view of the anniversary celebrations, this year's conference was particularly high-ranking both with regard to the protocol and the agenda. It was attended by almost 500 participants. Besides the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who opened the conference, the Prime Minister, the chairmen of both Chambers of Parliament as well as ministers and heads of state bodies of Kazakhstan were present. The event was also attended by many presidents and judges of other national constitutional courts as well as by representatives of the Venice Commission, the OSCE and the UN. This provided the opportunity to give an impetus on the national holiday to a large and high-ranking audience.

The second conference day took place at two venues at the same time: the Eurasian National University and the Kazakh Humanities and Law University. Mainly university professors were among the speakers. The German experts participating in the event were Dr Lars Brocker, President of the Constitutional Court and Higher Administrative Court of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as Jens Möller, President of the Constitutional Court of Brandenburg.

Moreover, the commemorative publication "Kazakhstan trend" was presented in a ceremonial act during the conference. It includes contributions by foreign experts about the 20 years of development of the Kazakh constitution from an "outside view". Commissioned by the IRZ, Dr Lars Brocker and Professor Friedrich-Christian Schroeder contributed to the commemorative publication:

  • Dr. Lars Brocker, Verfassung und Verfassungsentwicklung in der Transformationsgesellschaft: Der Weg der Republik Kasachstan (The Constitution and Constitutional Development in a Society in Transformation: The Way of the Republic of Kazakhstan)
  • Professor Dr Dres h. c. Friedrich-Christian Schroeder, Der Beitrag des kasachischen Strafprozesskodex zur Entwicklung der Rechsstaatlichkeit: Ein Blick aus deutscher Sicht (The Contribution of the Kazakh Code of Criminal Procedure to the Development of the Rule of Law from a German Perspective).