International Symposium on the Rule of Law Through Constitutional Court
on the Rule of Law Through Constitutional Court
Constitutional Court of Thailand
International Symposium on “The Rule of Law through the Constitutional Court” in the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Thailand which held on 7th-10th April 2018 at Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok.
International Symposium on the Evaluation of the First Five Years of Individual Application
"The Evaluation of the First Five Years of Individual Application"
Constitutional Court of Turkey
The Turkish Constitutional Court celebrated its 56th Anniversary on 25th April 2018 by holding an international conference, in which significant issues of constitutional justice were discussed. The conference took place in Ankara, Turkey on 25-26 April 2018, on the theme of “Evaluation of the First Five Years of Individual Applicant” which the official language were Turkish and English. The conference followed by an excursion to Izmir on 27-28 April 2018.
International Conference on the State Governed By Rule of Law and the Constitutional Justice: Values and Priorities
On the occasion of the Anniversary, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan held an international conference on “The state governed by rule of law and the constitutional justice, values and priorities”, in Baku on 5 July, 2018. The working languages of the conference were Azerbaijani, English and Russian followed by simultaneous translation.
International Scientific and Practical Conference on the Constitution: The Embodiment of the Values of the Rule of Law, Civil Society and the Modern State
International Scientific and Practical Conference
"The Constitution: The embodiment of the values of the rule of law, civil society and the modern state"
The Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan invited AACC members to take part in the international scientific and practical conference on the theme «The Constitution: the embodiment of the values of the rule of law, civil society and the modern state», dedicated to the Constitution Day of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which held on August 28-29, 2018 in Astana. The forum is held by the Constitutional Council of the Republic together with the Venice Commission and another international human rights institutions.
International Conference on the Constitutional Justice and Democracy
Since its foundation in 1988 based on the people’s aspiration for true democracy, the Constitutional Court of Korea has contributed to the development of democracy and promotion of fundamental rights through a number of decisions for the past 30 years. In the meantime, systems of constitutional justice, although differ in forms, have also served an important role in strengthening democracy in many countries across the globe. Under the main theme of “Constitutional Justice and Democracy,” the conference provided a stage for us to share our precious experiences and wisdom. As we believed, this conference served as a meaningful opportunity for us to review how constitutional justice has contributed to democracy, and discuss ideal constitutional justice systems for the continuous advancement of democracy.
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia held an international short course at Hotel Ayana Midplaza, Jakarta. The event was attended by participants from 13 countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, South Korea, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan.
In a series of International Short Course activities that took place on 14-17 November 2017, the participants were invited to visit the National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas) and get briefing material on "Management of Diversity in the Frame of Unitary State" presented by Governor Lemhanas Agus Widjojo in Building Astagatra, Syailendra Room, Lemhanas. In addition, the participants also received material from the former judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia period 2003-2008 Mr. jimly Asshiddiqie, about "Constitutionalism and the Court". The participants also received materials from several Indonesian constitutional experts, such as the Head of the Working Unit of President of Ideology of Pancasila (UKP-Pancasila) Mr. Yudi Latief who presented a paper entitled "Pancasila as a Unifying Ideology: Background and History. ". Furthermore, the participants were also provided with insight to the role of a constitutional educational center by the Head of the Center for Pancasila and Constitutional Education Bapak Budi Djohari.
55th Anniversary of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey and the International Symposium on the Constitutional Courts as the Guardians of the Fundamental Rights
The Opening Ceremony of the 55th Anniversary of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey commenced with the opening speech delivered by Mr. Zühtü ARSLAN, the President of the Court, in the Grand Hall of the Constitutional Court on 25 April 2017.
The introductory film prepared on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Court was presented during the ceremony in which the Presidents and Judges of the Constitutional Courts of thirty different countries participated.
In the scope of the events of the 55th Anniversary of the Constitutional Court an international symposium with the title “Constitutional Courts as the Guardians of Fundamental Rights” and participation of the Presidents and Judges of Constitutional Courts from many countries and representatives from the European Court of Human Rights, Court of Justice of the European Union and the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and local and foreign academicians as guests was organized between 25-26 April 2017.
On 27 April 2017 the Balkan Countries Constitutional Courts Meeting was held at the Dolmabahçe Palace, and the consensus on founding a forum to develop the cooperation among the relevant Constitutional Courts and continuing to work on the establishing of the Association of Balkan Constitutional Courts in the future was achieved.
The Gala Dinner held on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary was honored by the President of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Recep Tayyip ERDOGAN, President of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mr. ismail KAHRAMAN and the participation of guest from home and abroad and Judges and Rapporteurs of the Constitutional Court.
(Source: Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey Official Site
By acclamation, Mr. Raus Sharif, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia was officially elected as the President of AACC towards the Board of Members Meeting (BoMM) meeting on August 8, 2017. In this BoMM, a number of member states even volunteered become President of AACC for the next period. As per note, there are three countries other than Malaysia, which has declared its willingness to become the AACC President of the next period, namely Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Thailand
In the series of International Symposium which held in Solo, Central Java, on August 9, 2017 we also held a Meeting of Secretary General AACC (MSG). This MSG activity has the purpose of preparing all matters which discussed and decided by the chairman or president of the Constitutional Court or equivalent institution of AACC members. The General Secretary Meeting forum is expected to produce a proposal concept on possible issues for the next term concept to be submitted to the AACC members meeting forum in order to get any input, direction and develop agreement from all AACC members as a step towards the improvement of the concept.
Fifth Summer School on Constitutional Adjudication of the AACC
In its capacity of the Centre for Training and Human Resources Development under the Permanent Secretariat of the AACC, the Turkish Constitutional Court organized the 5th Summer School on the theme of “Migration and Refugee Law” in Ankara between 17-24 September, 2017.
In the 2nd Congress of the AACC held in Istanbul in April 2014, an unanimous decision was taken that the Summer School on the constitutional justice be organized every year by the Turkish Constitutional Court in Turkey. In the 3rd Congress of the AACC held in Bali, Indonesia in 2016, it was decided that a Permanent Secretariat of the AACC be established and that a Centre for Training and Human Resources Development, one of the three primary sections of the Secretariat, be established in Turkey. The 5th Summer School was held within the scope of the activities of this Centre.
Among those who have participated in the 5th Summer School are rapporteur judges, assistant judges, researchers, legal experts and advisors from the constitutional courts or equivalent institutions of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Georgia, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand and Turkey.
The 5th Summer School Program started with the inaugural speech delivered by the President of the Turkish Constitutional Court, Mr. Zühtü ARSLAN, at the Grand Hall of the Court. The inaugural speech was followed by a welcome reception, a tour of Court building, and lunch at the Court restaurant. The participants then proceeded to the venue of the Summer School for academic sessions. In the evening, a gala dinner was hosted by the Constitutional Court in the honour of the participants.
The working languages of the Summer School were English and Russian. The participants of the Summer School have presented the legal framework and case-law of their jurisdictions in the field of “Migration and Refugee Law.” Academicians and practitioners from national and international institutions delivered lectures in the different aspects of the topic throughout the Summer School. The participants have thereby shared and discussed views, information and practices on the topic with a particular focus on their respective countries, in connection with international principles and practices. In addition to academic interaction, the participants had the opportunity to socialize and develop friendship through the activities such as bowling tournament.
The 5th Summer School Program ended with the General Assessment Session and Certificate Ceremony at noon on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. Thereafter, the participants have been taken to a half day Ankara tour.
The Summer School continued with a social program in Istanbul between 21-24 September, 2017, during which the participants enjoyed historical and natural beauties of the city.
First International Symposium of the AACC Secretariat for Research and Development on the Constitutionalism in Asia: Past, Present and Future
The 1st International Symposium
of the AACC Secretariat for Research and Development
on the Constitutionalism in Asia: Past, Present and Future
Constitutional Court of Korea
A regional perspective on constitutional developments in Asia is not only of growing interest in the academic community. In the second decade of the 21st century, constitutional courts and equivalent institutions in Asia have strengthened their cooperation. The decision by the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions (AACC) in August 2016 to establish permanent secretariats is the clearest evidence of such cooperation. One of the permanent AACC secretariats is the AACC’s Secretariat for Research and Development (SRD), based in Seoul. This inaugural symposium of the AACC SRD has chosen the following as its theme: “Constitutionalism in Asia: Past, Present and Future”.
This theme will allow AACC member institutions as well as guests from non-member institutions and academia to reflect and take stock of recent challenges and opportunities in the growing field of constitutionalism in Asia. The exchange of knowledge, experience and insight at this symposium will be an inspiration for the future work of AACC SRD. Also, this event will serve very practical purposes, such as providing a starting point for building a shared repository of constitutional case law among AACC member institutions, and providing a basis for future AACC SRD conferences, workshops and seminars.
The symposium is divided into four sessions, structuring the discussion of the past, present and future of constitutionalism in Asia:
→ Session 1: Diversity in Constitutional Justice: Differences among AACC Members
→ Session 2: Protecting and Promoting Fundamental Rights through Constitutional Adjudication
→ Session 3: International Human Rights Norms and Constitutional Adjudication: Convergence and Divergence
→ Session 4: Necessity of Communication and Cooperation among Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions: Focusing on Expert and Guest suggestions.
Session 1 offers the opportunity to review the diversity of constitutional adjudication in Asia, such as institutional differences and similarities. Discussion may focus on aspects of centralized systems of review such as constitutional complaint or the availability of abstract review of norms, as well as how decentralized systems of review in Asia operate. This session will include considerations regarding different constitutional cultures and their impact on constitutional justice.
Session 2 focuses on case law, aiming to compare major judicial decisions regarding fundamental rights. Constitutional case law can reveal different models of rights protection. Not only can the understanding of a particular right be compared, but also to what extent that right may be limited. The very understanding of what makes up the essence of a particular fundamental right can determine its judicial protection and limitation.
Session 3 addresses the important issue of the relationship between international law and domestic law. International human rights norms are on the one hand seen as standards and best practices. Yet on the other hand, domestic legal systems very often specify the domestic constitution as legally superior to international treaties. How to achieve the right balance is thus of great significance, especially for a region as diverse as Asia.
Session 4 hopes for a discussion on the value of international cooperation between constitutional courts and equivalent institutions. The focus is both on the reasons as well as the methods for international cooperation. Key issues involve, for example, the institutionalization and formalization of judicial networks in the Asian region. The comparison of perspectives from members and non-members of such networks will be of particular value.
By addressing the above issues and questions, the 1st International Symposium of the AACC SRD is only the first step towards greater cooperation in the field of constitutional justice in Asia. It is hoped that the theme “Constitutionalism in Asia: Past, Present and Future” will generate long-term perspectives and lead to in-depth discussion.
(Source: AACC Secretariat for Research and Development Official Site http://www.aaccsrd.org/en/eventDtl.do)
Working Level Meeting for the Idea of the Establishment of the Permanent Secretariat of AACC
Working Level Meeting for the Idea of the Establishment of the Permanent Secretariat of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions (AACC)
Delegation of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia paid a working visit to Seoul, Republic of Korea on 16-20 April 2016 to hold a meeting with the Constitutional Court of Korea to discuss the follow-up of the meeting of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia and the President of the Constitutional Court of Korea related to the Formation of Permanent Secretariat Association of Constitutional Court and Similar Institutions in Asia and implementation of Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions that have been signed.
Fourth Summer School on the Right to Respect for Private and Family Life
In the scope of the activities of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions the 4th Summer School on the subject “Right to Respect for Private and Family Life” was organized by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey between 2 – 9 October 2016 in Ankara.
At the 2nd Board of Members Meeting of the Association held in 2014 in Istanbul it was unanimously decided the Summer School on Constitutional Law to be held every year in Turkey by our Court. Moreover, it was decided during the 3rd Board of Members Meeting in Bali, Indonesia in 2016, that a Permanent Secretariat of the AACC be established, and that a Center for Training and Human Resources Development, which is one of the three branches of this Secretariat, be formed and become operational in Turkey. According to this the 4th Summer School was organized in the framework of that center.
Justices, rapporteur judges, assistant judges, researchers, lawyers and advisors from the Constitutional Courts or Equivalent Institutions of Afghanistan, Algeria, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mongolia, Moldova, Myanmar, Russia, Tajikistan and Turkey attended the activities of the 4th Summer School.
The 4th Summer School Program started with the opening address by Burhan ÜSTÜN, Vice President of the Turkish Constitutional Court, at the Grand Hall of the Court. After the opening address, the participants visited the Court building and had their lunch at the Court restaurant and were then transferred to the hotel for the subsequent academic sessions of the program in the afternoon. In the evening the Turkish Constitutional Court gave a dinner in honor of the guests.
The working language of the Summer School Program was English and the participants presented the legal situations in their countries and precedent judgments of their Courts on “Right to Respect for Private and Family Life”. The participants had the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience through the discussions and question & answer sessions.
Social activities such as the bowling tournament etc. throughout the program have contributed to the development of the friendship and dialogue among the members of the Association. Our guests had the chance to enjoy historical, cultural and natural beauties of Istanbul during the social program held between 7 – 9 October 2016.
The 4th Summer School Program ended with the General Assessment Session and Certificate Ceremony on Thursday, 6 October 2016.