International Short Course: "The Constitutional Court and Constitutionalism in Political Dynamics" in Indonesia
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia had successfully concluded the International Short Course 2018 under the theme of "The Constitutional Court and Constitutionalism in Political Dynamics" in Hotel Tentrem, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The event was a series of three-days event consisting of two days of Short Course and one day of Cultural Program.
It was attended by 16 (sixteen) foreign delegates from 9 (nine) countries Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Cambodia. Other than that, it was also attended by local participants from both academicians and practitioners.
Short Course Day I On the first day of the Short Course, a number of prominent speakers presented their papers with different topics under the theme of "The Constitutional Court and Constitutionalism in Political Dynamics". The details of the speakers and the topics of Short Course Day I are listed below:
Mr. Hamdan Zoelva (Former Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia). Title: “Constitutionalism at the Crossroads, Law, Politics, and Society”.
Mr. I Dewa Gede Palguna (Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia). Title: “Law and Politics in Indonesia: Sustainability and Change”.
Mr. Maruarar Siahaan (Former Justice of the Constitutional Court). Title: “Political Pressure on the Constitutional Court Decisions”.
Mr. Aidul Fitriciada Azhari (Commissioner of the Judicial Commission of the Republic of Indonesia / Professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Surakarta). Title: “Can the Constitutional Court be Free of Politics?”
Short Course Day II On the second day, the discussion focused on the presentations of each countries. The main focus was to share and discuss about "The Constitutional Court and Constitutionalism in Political Dynamics", specifically the practices in their home institutions. The delegates presenting their papers are listed below:
Session 1: Cambodia, Afghanistan, Thailand, South Korea, and Indonesia.
Session 2: Turkey, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Malaysia.
On the third and final day, a Cultural Program was held for the participants to explore the tourist attractions that Yogyakarta had to offer. Some of them were Taman Sari Water Castle, Keraton Yogyakarta, and Candi Ratu Boko.
6th Summer School: "The Right to Liberty and Security" in Turkey
Up to this day, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey has held five Summer School Programs in its capacity as the Center for Training and Human Resource Development. The next Summer School which will be the 6th of its kind is scheduled to be held on September 17th - 21st, 2018, in Ankara, Turkey under the theme of "The Right to Liberty and Security".
This Summer School program aims to address mid-level judges or jurists, assistant judges, legal experts, advisors or staff having legal experiences and serving at Constitutional Courts/Institutions. The working language of the program shall be English and Russian, as the official language of AACC.
[UPCOMING EVENT] International Conference of the Higher Courts of the Organization of Islamic Member States "The Role of Higher Judiciary in Protecting the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights" in Turkey
The Conference is intended to provide a legal forum in order to establish a constructive and fruitful dialogue among the Higher Courts of the Organization of Islamic Member States under the theme of "The Role of Higher Judiciary in Protecting the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights". The working language will be English, with simultaneous interpretation of Arabic and Turkish.
14 December 2018: Opening by the President of the Republic of Turkey;
15 December 2018: Closing of the event, continued by a Cultural Program;
16 December 2018: Free time and Departure of the delegates.
International Symposium: "The Constitutional Court and Constitutionalism in Political Dynamics" in Indonesia
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia successfully held the 2nd Indonesian Constitutional Court International Symposium (ICCIS) 2018 in Tentrem Hotel, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, with “The Constitutional Court and Constitutionalism in Political Dynamics” as the theme.
Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Anwar Usman, gave his remarks in the opening ceremony on Monday, 1 October 2018. He stated that the constitutional courts and equivalent institutions have to do its role as the protector of the constititonal rights of the people and as the guardian of the constitution. However, these two functions are sometimes contrasting with one another.
“Political interest is a representation of the majority interest, but the protection of the constitutional rights cannot be abandoned as it is also a part of human rights, as well as guarding the constitutionality in the country. That being said, it is the responsibility of the Court to make a decision when those things are clashing.”
He also explained that the influence of political dynamics or political interest to the Court in dealing with its functions are quite a common phenomenon in many countries, as the Court has a very important position and strategic roles, however at the same time the Court also has several limitations. Therefore, this event is intended to bring the topic in the forum to be discussed, so the participants can each learn about the practice and/or case study from different countries.
Other than that, the Secretary General of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. M. Guntur Hamzah, also gave his report regarding the role of the Court as the Permanent Secretariat of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions (AACC), “In this event, we will officially launch the AACC website which had been designed to be a platform that is able to connect all the member countries of AACC.”