On August 26, 2021, the Board of Members Meeting of the Association of the Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions (AACC) was held via videoconference. It was chaired by the Chairman of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan Kairat Mami and attended by delegations of constitutional review bodies of Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. The Secretary-General of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice (WCCJ) Mr. Schnutz Durr and the Acting President of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts (CECC), President of the Constitutional Court of Moldova Ms. Domnica Manole participated as guests.
Opening the event, the Chairman of the Association Kairat Mami noted that the two-year presidency of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan in the Association had come at a difficult time amid the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia (MKRI) Anwar Usman delivered a report on the MKRI’s preparedness to host the upcoming fifth WCCJ congress on “Constitutional Justice and Peace” in 2022 in Bali and played a video showing the congress’ progress. “As Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia, I would like to point out that we have received full support from the President of the Republic of Indonesia, the House of Representatives, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” he said.
At the meeting, the Constitutional Court of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was admitted as the twentieth member of the Association. The AACC also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Conference of European Constitutional Courts (CECC). Constitutional Justice Enny Nurbaningsih expressed the MKRI's full support for the AACC’s plan to cooperate with the CECC.
Meanwhile, Constitutional Justice Saldi Isra emphasized the importance of togetherness and cooperation between AACC members. He also informed the floor of an outstanding duty for the MKRI to host the 2nd Conference of the Judicial Conference of Constitutional and Supreme Courts/Councils of the OIC Member States/Observer States (the 2nd J-OIC Conference) on “Human Rights and Constitutionalism: The Contribution of the Judiciary in Muslim Countries.” He extended an open invitation to all AACC members to attend the conference and requested their support.
The permanent secretariats of the Association—the MKRI as the Secretariat for Planning and Coordination (SPC), the Constitutional Court of the Republic as the Secretariat for Research and Development (SRD), and the Constitutional Court of Turkey as the Center for Training and Human Resources Development (CTHRD)—delivered reports on their activities.
This year, the Constitutional Council transferred the AACC’s presidency to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Mongolia. The flag of the Association was handed over at a ceremony after the International Symposium on “The Internet Era: The Rule of Law, the Values of Person, the State Independence” virtually on August 27 in Nur-Sultan.
In conclusion, all members of the Association expressed support to the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan in holding the International Symposium. They believed the forum would provide an opportunity to discuss the most relevant issues related to the influence of modern technologies on legal development and the sovereignty of states all across the world.