- Published: July 18, 2019
The IRZ invited a delegation of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic to Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Heidelberg from 8 to 12 July 2019 to continue their successful cooperation and to exchange experience with constitutional topics. The study trip was aimed at exchanging experiences between constitutional judges from Kyrgyzstan and their German colleagues regarding the role and tasks of a constitutional court in a state governed by the rule of law and German constitutional law.
The highlight of the visit was the expert discussion at the German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe. As a court, the Federal Constitutional Court supervises the compliance with the Basic Constitutional Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, while the work of this constitutional body also has a political impact. This specific peculiarity of a modern democratic state governed by the rule of law was discussed in detail, acknowledging the 70th anniversary of the Basic Constitutional Law and the related achievements and experiences made in Germany. Another focus of the discussions was on practical issues and examples, covering competences, procedures and working methods as well as the enforcement and binding effect of decisions made by the Federal Constitutional Court.
The Kyrgyz delegation had also expert discussions with lawyers of the Deubner & Kirchberg law firm in Karlsruhe, at the Ministry of Justice and Europe of Baden Wuerttemberg and at the Constitutional Court of Baden Wuerttemberg in Stuttgart, discussing various aspects of constitutional jurisdiction, e.g.:
- Lawyers‘ involvement in constitutional disputes;
- the federalism of the Federal Republic of Germany and
- the effects of Constitutional Court judgements on the citizens and the executive and legislative authorities.
The Kyrgyz guests took a particular interest in the training of Einheitsjuristen (unitary training for all legal professions) in Germany, since an increase in quality and a high professional level of judges are declared goals in Kyrgyzstan.
During the final expert discussions at the Max PIanck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, the participants discussed the perspectives of a German-Kyrgyz scientific cooperation on constitutional topics.
The German colleagues of the above-mentioned institutions created an atmosphere of trust during the discussions, so that the Kyrgyz participants could openly address the issues which were important to them and exchange their experiences with their German colleagues. This exchange of experiences provided an important contribution to strengthening the international contacts of the young constitutional jurisdiction of Kyrgyzstan.