International Workshop on the Establishment of Constitutional Courts

The Franz von Liszt-Institute in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized an international workshop on „Establishing Constitutional Courts: Drivers of Democracy or Government of Judges?“. It took place in Giessen from 24-26 October 2014. Over 30 scientists, ministers, constitutional judges and further experts from nine African states as well as Germany, France and the USA came together to discuss the role and the challenges of constitutional courts in particular on the African continent.

brochure with program in English (pdf)
brochure with program in French (pdf)


Working Papers on "Judicial Review and democratization in francophone West Africa

The Working Papers on Judicial review and democratization in francophone West Africa are the product of current research in the project under the same name. The papers explore the development of the constitutional courts and councils in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d´Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal und Togo.

Based on a standardized questionnaire, the authors analyze the historical and political context of the development of specialized constitutional review mechanisms in the region and provide an overview of their institutional set-up and competences. Finally, the papers include in-depth analysis of the jurisprudence of the constitutional courts and councils in the four countries. This allows the authors to evaluate the contribution of judicial review to the process of democratization in the region. The focus is on relevant constitutional and institutional law as well the stabilizing or conflict resolving functions of the constitutional courts and councils.

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Looking Back: International Workshop in May 2013

On May 24 and 25, 2013, experts on constitutional law and democratization research from West Africa, France and Germany gathered to discuss "The challenge of democratization and the role of the Constitutional Courts - Judicial review in francophone West Africa". The workshop brought together international researchers from different (francophone as well as non-francophone) regions for a valuable exchange of experiences and views and was designed as a highly participatory expert workshop. The workshop concluded the first phase of the research project “Judicial review and democratization in francophone West Africa” at the University of Giessen.

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