7th CACCJ

The 7th Conference of Asian Constitutional Court Judges

(CACCJ)

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia

12 -15 July 2010

 

 

The 7th Conference of Asian Constitutional Court Judges was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 12th until July 15th, 2010 as The Constitutional Court of Indonesia was trusted to be the host of this annual event. This conference was  attended by delegates of Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions from 26 countries around the world. These participating countries were not only from Asia, but also Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and America. Two international organizations also participated in this conference which were Venice Commission and Konrad Adenaur Stiftung.

 

The theme of the conference was “General Election Law” and it had a very important meaning for the development of democracy and the rule of law in each participating country, especially in relations to the law and practices in organizing general election. This Conference were expected to give positive contributions to the application of values of democracy in organizing General Elections in the respective participating countries. Therefore, in order to achieve optimum results, the theme of  ”General Election Law” were divided into three sub-themes, namely:

 

   1. Concepts of Electoral Systems in Comparison,

 

   2. Typical Problem and Shortcomings in Law and Practice,

 

   3. Dealing with Election Complaints.

 

Justices of Constitutional Court and Equivalent Institutions will discuss various fundamental issues related to theme. Presentations and papers delivered by delegates, that contained ideas and information on the law and practices of general election in each country, and the discussion process which took place in the course of the conference, were very beneficial and served as reference in developing democracy and implementing the principles of rule of law.

 

This conference also marked the beginning of AACC as a quite historical event in the development of constitutionalism in Asia had taken place here, and that was the Jakarta Declaration on the Establishment of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions. The  Jakarta Declaration can be viewed as a milestone in the beginning of a more intensive and effective cooperation agenda among the countries involved in the Association towards achieving their shared goals and objectives as set forth in the Statute of the Association, bringing positive implications for the countries involved in it, and becoming a new supplement to the global agenda for the promotion of democracy and constitutionalism.



Location

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Jakarta
12 - 15 July 2010


Agenda
11 July 2010
TimeActivities
09:00 - 14:00

Arrival of Participants at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta, Indonesia. Transfer to the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Registration.

12 July 2010
TimeActivities
09:00 - 09:30

Departure to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia*)

09:30 - 11:00

Session of MoU between the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia and two others Constitutional Courts (Morocco and Turkey) Signing Ceremony of MoU

11:00 - 13:00

Lunch at Hotel

13:00 - 14:30

Session of the Final Preparatory Committee Meeting**)

  1. Welcoming Remarks, Chief Justice Mohammad Mahfud MD of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia
  2. Report of Chair Preparatory Committee by Justice Dong-Heub LEE of the Constitutional Court of Korea
  3. Introduction of draft Declaration by Justice Harjono of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia Consisting of three elements:
    - Adoption of Statute
    - Launching of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions
    - Decision on the First Inaugural Congress
  4. Adoption of Declaration
No Document Name Host Nation Date File
1 JAKARTA DECLARATION Indonesia 12/7/10 Download
2 7th CACCJ in Indonesia - Proceeding Indonesia 12/7/10 Download
1st Congress

The 1st Congress of the AACC

or Inaugural Congress 

Lotte Hotel Seoul, Republic of Korea

20-24 May 2012

 

 

The 1st Congress of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions (AACC) which was also known as Inaugural Congress was held on  May 20th until May 24th, 2012 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, as The Constitutional Court of Korea was selected to be the host of the event. The theme of the congress was “Present and Future of Constitutional Justice in Asia”.

 

The participants of this were coming from more than 30 constitutional courts and equivalent institutions exercising constitutional jurisdiction, representatives of 7 regional and linguistic groups and distinguished scholars have been invited as members, observers and guests by the decision of the Board of Members.

 

This event was expected to bring together not only the members of the AACC but also the institutions exercising constitutional jurisdiction from other countries, regional and linguistic groups and legal experts to share their insights and experiences, as well as strengthen mutual trust and friendship.

 

The congress used English, Korean and Russians as the official language of the congress with simultaneous interpretation. In order to achieve a better understanding about the general theme,  this congress was divided into three sessions consisting of different subthemes for each session as following:

  1. Promotion of Democracy and Constitutional Justice;
  2. Increase in International Exchanges and Constitutional Justice from Social, Economic and Cultural Perspective;
  3. Role and Future of the AACC.


Location

Lotte Hotel Seoul, Republic of Korea
20 - 24 May 2012


Agenda
20 May 2012
TimeActivities
16:00 - 18:00

Meeting of the Board of Members

19:00 - 22:00

Welcome Reception

21 May 2012
TimeActivities
09:30 - 10:30

Opening Ceremony

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Session 1: “Promotion of Democracy and Constitutional Justice”

12:30 - 14:30

Luncheon

14:30 - 16:00

Session 1: Promotion of Democracy and Constitutional Justice”

16:00 - 16:30

Break

16:30 - 18:00

Session 2: “Increase in International Exchanges and Constitutional Justice from Social, Economic and Cultural Perspective

19:00 - 21:00

Gala Dinner

22 May 2012
TimeActivities
09:00 - 10:30

Session 2: “Increase in International Exchanges and Constitutional Justice from Social, Economic and Cultural Perspective”

10:30 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Session 3: “Role and Future of the AACC”

12:30 - 14:30

Luncheon

14:30 - 15:30

Meeting of the Board of Members

15:30 - 17:00

Session 3: “Role and Future of the AACC

17:00 - 17:30

Closing Ceremony

17:30 - 18:00

Press Conference

19:00 - 21:00

Farewell Dinner

23 May 2012
TimeActivities
09:00 - 21:00

Cultural Program

24 May 2012
TimeActivities
09:00 - 12:00

Cultural Program

No Document Name Host Nation Date File
1 SEOUL DECLARATION Korea 22/5/12 Download
2nd Congress

The 2nd Congress of the AACC

Hiton Hotel, Istanbul, Republic of Turkey

27 April - 1 May 2014

 

The 2nd Congress of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions (AACC) hosted by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey was held at Hilton Hotel, Istanbul on 27 April-1 May 2014.

 

In addition to several international organizations and courts, members and observer from the courts of the Association were invited to participate in the activities of the 2nd AACC Congress, which were attended by approximately 200 participants comprising of the presidents, judges, justices and staff members of Constitutional and Supreme Courts from 23 Countries.

 

Beside the Congress, Afghanistan, Indonesia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Thailand, Tajikistan and Turkey participated in the Board of Members Meeting held on 28 April 2014 as member countries. Azerbaijan was admitted as the new member of the Association at the meeting. Furthermore, Constitutional Court of Indonesia was elected as the new term president and the next meeting of the Association was unanimously decided to be held in Indonesia in April 2015. It was the time when the crucial decisions with regard to the future activities of the Association were adopted.

 

Subsequent to the Board of Members Meeting of the AACC, the inaugural ceremony of the 2nd Congress of the AACC began with the keynote speech of the President of the Constitutional Court, Mr. Haşim KILIÇ, at Hilton Convention Center at 10:30. Afterwards, the President of the Conference on Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa Mr. Mogoeng Mogoeng, President of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts Prof. Dr. Gerhart Holzinger, President of the Constitutional Court of Korea, which would host the 3rdWorld Conference on Constitutional Justice, Mr. Han-Chul Park and President of the Venice Commission Dr. Gianni Buquicchio delivered their opening remarks.

 

Four sessions were presented in the Congress, each dealt with a different subject matter and was presided by a moderator. The 1st day of the Congress held two sessions and ended at 16:50.

 

The 2nd day of the Congress began on 29 April 2014 at 10:00 and ended at 15:00 right after the 3rd and 4th sessions were done. Final Meeting of Board of Members of the AACC was held on the same day and Istanbul Declaration was signed by all members. The meeting ended after handing-over of the Flag of the Association to the President of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia, which was elected as the new Term President. Then, a speech was delivered by the new Term President. The President of the Constitutional Court of Turkey, Mr. Haşim KILIÇ held a press conference with the President of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia Mr. Zoelva regarding the activities of the 2nd Congress of the AACC at the end of the meeting. Information on the developments during Turkeys term presidency was provided and Istanbul Declaration, which was unanimously adopted by the Association, was announced to the press.

 

A visit was paid to Topkapı Palace after the Concert of the Janissary Band at the entrance of the Palace, preceded by the visits paid to Sultan Ahmet Mosque and Hagia Sophia Museum on 30 April. Having the opportunity to see the Grand Bazaar, the delegations departed for Çırağan Palace for Gala Dinner. The Concert of “Kardeş Türküler” livened up the night at Çırağan Palace. The activities ended after the vote of thanks of the President of the Constitutional Court Mr. Haşim KILIÇ adressing the delegations participating in the 52nd Anniversary and 2nd Congress of the AACC.



Location

Hilton Hotel, Istanbul
27 April - 01 May 2014


Agenda
28 April 2014
TimeActivities
09:00 - 10:15

AACC Board of Members Meeting (Şadırvan Saloon)

10:30 - 10:45

Opening Speech by the President Mr. Haşim Kılıç

10:45 - 11:25

Opening Speeches by Presidents and Representatives International Organizations

1. Mr. Mogoeng Mogoeng, Vice-President of the Conference of African Constitutional Jurisdictions

2. Prof. Dr. Gerhart Holzinger, President of the European Conference of Constitutional Courts

3. Mr. Han-Chul Park, President of the Constitutional Court of Korea Hosting the 3rd World Conference on Constitutional Justice

4. Dr. Gianni Buquicchio, President of the Venice Commission

11:30 - 13:05

First Session of the Congress

Session Subject: “Protection of Social Rights by Constitutional Courts”

Chair: Mr. Serruh Kaleli, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey

1. Prof. Gulrahman Qazi, President of Afghanistan Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution

2. Dr. Hamdan Zoelva, Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia

3. Mr. Jinsung Lee, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Korea 

4. Mr. Kalyan Shrestha, Senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Nepal

5. Mr. Charoon Intachan, President of the Constitutional Court of Thailand

6. Prof. Dr. Engin Yıldırım, Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey 

13:05 - 13:20

Questions-Answers

13:20 - 14:30

Lunch (Hilton Convention Center Ground Floor)

14:30 - 15:00

Continuation of First Session of the Congress

Session Subject: “Protection of Human Rights by Means of Individual Application”  

 

1. Dr. Feras Milhem, Constitutional Law Expert, Bir-Zeit University, Palestine

2. Prof. Dr. Zühtü Arslan, Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey

15:00 - 15:15

Questions-Answers

15:15 - 15:30

Tea-Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:35

Second Session of the Congress

Session Subject: “Relations between Constitutional/Supreme Courts and Parliament

Chair: Dr. Harjono, Former Judge of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia

1. Mrs. Valerija Galić, President of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina

2. Dr. Igor Rogov, President of the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan 

3. Mr. Jugnee Amarsanaa, Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Mongolia

4. Prof. Gadis Gadzhiev, Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

16:35 - 16:50

Questions-Answers

29 April 2014
TimeActivities
10:00 - 11:05

Third Session of the Congress

Session Subject: “Methods of Interpretation in Constitutional Justice”

Chair: Prof. Dr. Zühtü Arslan, Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey

1. Mr.  Dato Seri Paduka Hj Kifrawi bin Dato Paduka Hj Kifli, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Brunei

2. Mr. Tun Arifin Bin Zakaria, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia 

3. Dr. Ali Rıza Çoban, Rapporteur  Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey 

4. Dr. Serdar Gülener, Rapporteur Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey

11:05 - 11:20

Questions-Answers

11:20 - 12:10

Ceremony of Bilateral Cooperation Protocol with the Constitutional Court of Thailand 

12:10 - 14:00

 Lunch (Hilton Convention Center Ground Floor)

14:00 - 14:50

Fourth Session of the Congress

Session Subject: “The Role of Constitutional and Supreme Courts in Protection of Constitutional Order

Chair: Dr. Alparslan Altan, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of the

Republic of Turkey

1. Mr. Mogoeng Mogoeng, Vice-President of the Conference of Constitutional

Jurisdictions of Africa and Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

2. Ms. Lali Papiashvili, Justice of the Constitutional Court of Georgia

3. Mr. Farid Jallad, President of the Supreme Court of Palestine

14:50 - 15:05

Questions-Answers

15:05 - 15:20

Tea-Coffee Break

15:20 - 16:00

Final Board of Members Meeting and Adoption of Istanbul Declaration

16:00 - 16:25

Closing Ceremony

16:25 - 16:45

Handing over the flag of the Association – Speech to be delivered by the new Term President

17:15 - 17:45

Press Conference

No Document Name Host Nation Date File
1 2nd Congress of AACC in Turkey - Chairman Summary Turkey 24/4/13 Download
2 ISTANBUL DECLARATION Turkey 29/4/14 Download
3rd Congress

The 3rd Congress of the AACC

Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

11-12 August 2016

 

The 3rd congress of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions (AACC) was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo, on Thursday, 11 August 2016. The congress focused on the issues surrounding “The Promotion and Protection of the Constitutional Rights of Member States’ Citizens”. Following the official opening of the AACC Congress by the President, AACC member states moved on to a discussion of how to protect constitutional rights within their own borders.

 

As an association that encompasses the Constitutional Courts and other equivalent institutions of 16 countries in Asia, the AACC had served as a forum for the members to exchange their experiences and information on the practices of protecting the citizens’ constitutional rights. Thus, the 3rd Congress of the AACC served as a common ground for the AACC members’ commitment to uphold the values of human rights, democracy, and rule of law as the fundamental aspects for the further work of the AACC as well as all participants contributing in this noble event.

The discussion on “The Promotion and Protection of Citizens’ Constitutional Rights” was divided to three subthemes, namely:

 

  1. Mechanisms for Promotion and Protection of Citizens’ Constitutional Rights: Perspective from Different Countries;
  2. The Role of Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions in Promoting and Protecting Citizens’ Constitutional Rights through Its Landmark Decisions;
  3. Challenges and Future Direction for Enhancing the Promotion and Protection of Citizens’ Constitutional Rights.

 

The discussion began with the former President of the Constitutional Court of Korea, Mr. Kang-Kook Lee. Mr. Lee saying a few remarks and stressing on the importance of protecting constitutional rights across Asia. After that, each member state, including Indonesia, Korea, and Thailand, took turns to explain the various methods applied by their constitutional courts. Indonesia stated that the Constitutional Court had resolved the various national problems which had been dogging the court’s role as the guardian of the Indonesian constitution.

 

In addition, the AACC Members signed Bali Declaration as an outcome of the Congress and was adopted as the closing statement of Board of Members Meeting. The Bali Declaration was a landmark document that further seeks to strengthen social protection, access to justice, humane and fair treatment, and the independence of constitutional rights.

 

On 12 August 2016, the President of AACC hosted a Special Gala Celebration with magnificent cultural performance with Borneo and Balinese dancers. Finally, as the closing of the 3rd Congress of AACC, the foreign participants had sight-seeing around Nusa Dua, Bali as the cultural agenda before leaving Indonesia.



Location

Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
11 - 12 August 2016


Agenda
11 August 2016
TimeActivities
09:00 - 09:40

Opening Ceremony

1. Opening Session

2. Opening Remarks from H.E. Arief Hidayat, Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia

3. Welcoming Remarks from H.E. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia

09:40 - 10:00

Coffee/Tea Break

10:00 - 12:00

Session 1

Mechanism for Promotion and Protection of Citizen's Constitutional Rights: Different Prespectives from Countries

Chairperson  : Republic of Turkey

Speaker 1  : Republic of Korea

Speaker 2  : Malaysia

Speaker 3  : Kingdom of Morocco (NCCCCWA)

Speaker 4  :

Respondent 1  : Republic of Kazakhstan

Respondent 2  : Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Respondent 3  : Kingdom of Thailand

Respondent 4  : Republic of Uzbekistan

12:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 16:00

Session 2

The Role of Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions in Promoting and Protecting Citizen's Constitutional Rights throught Their Landmark Decisions

Chairperson  : Republic of Korea

Speaker 1  : Republic of Indonesia

Speaker 2  : Russian Federation

Speaker 3  :

Speaker 4  :

Respondent 1  : Republic of Azerbaijan

Respondent 2  : Republic of the Philippines

Respondent 3  : Republic of Tajikistan

19:30 - 21:00

Dinner at Hotel

12 August 2016
TimeActivities
09:30 - 11:30

Session 3

The Current Challenges and Future Direction for Strenghtening Promotion and Protection of Citizen's Constitutional Rights

Chairperson  : Republic of Indonesia

Speaker 1  : Mongolia

Speaker 2  : Republic of Turkey

Speaker 3  : Republic of Namibia (SACJF)

Speaker 4  : Venice Commission

Respondent 1  : Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Respondent 2  : Kyrgys Republic

Respondent 3  : Republic of the Union of Myanmar

11:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30

Final Board of Members Meeting

1. Opening and Adoption of Agenda

2. Report from the Term President of the AACC for the Period of 2014-2016

3. Discussion on the Bali Declaration

4. Election of the Term President of the AACC for the Period of 2016-2018

5. Signing of the Bali Declaration

6. Closing

16:00 - 16:45

Closing Ceremony of the 3rd Congress of the AACC

1. Enunciating of the Bali Declaration

2. Handing Over the AACC Flag to the New Term President of the AACC

3. Remarks from the New Term President of the AACC

4. Closing Remarks from the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia as the host of the 3rd Congress of the AACC

19:30 - 22:00

Gala Dinner

13 August 2016
TimeActivities
09:00 - 17:00

Cultural Program for Foreign Participants