Kairat Mami, Chairman of the Constitutional Council (Photo: Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan)
Kairat Mami, Chairman of the Constitutional Council (Photo: Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan)
Kazakhstan

On 27 August 2021, to mark the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence and Constitution Day, the Constitutional Council of the Republic hosted an international symposium on “The Internet Era: The Rule of Law, the Values of Person and the State Independence”. 

This very high-level online event, opened by Kairat Mami, Chairman of the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan, was attended by representatives of many international organisations, including: 

  • OSCE
  • European Council
  • Venice Commission
  • International Association of Lawyers
  • German Agency for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ)
  • Court of the Eurasian Economic Union

On behalf of the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), Managing Director Dr. Frauke Bachler delivered a welcome speech to the participants. 

The symposium was divided into three different subject areas.

  1. Digitisation and national sovereignty: complementary or mutually exclusive
  2. Respect for human rights and freedoms on the internet: private life and freedom
  3. The state and state power: responsibility towards society and people

Prof. Dr Andreas L. Paulus, a judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court, spoke on “The right to be forgotten in the case law of the German Federal Constitutional Court”.

Other presentations on current issues were given by presidents and judges of constitutional bodies from numerous countries. 

The symposium was a complete success as an international exchange of experience on the protection of human rights in the age of digitisation.