Third International Afghan Legal Studies Conference

14563519_656834431152643_7883540851305457249_nThe “Third International Afghan Legal Studies Conference” was conducted by Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law and cooperation of Max Planck foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law from 3-5 October, The purpose of this International Conference was to provide a forum for scholars from Afghanistan and abroad where they can present and discuss recent results of their legal research. The organizers intended to strengthen academic exchange among Afghan law professors, Ph.D. candidates and independent researchers and connect them with the international scientific community and flourish their knowledge; this international conference was successor of two previous Afghan Legal Studies Conferences that held in December 2014 and November 2015 sequentially that were exhibiting the same purposes. The six sections of research had been identified and constituted the basis for the conference panels i.e. Interdisciplinary and Islamic studies, International law and Human Rights, Criminal law and Criminology, Administrative law, Constitutional law and Private law.
The inaugural session of the Conference was held in Kabul on 3rd October, 2016. The conference commenced with leading speech of His Excellency the Minister of Justice Dr. Abdul Basir Anwar who has compassionately appreciated conducting of such conference and stressed on how important this international conference was for the enhancement of legal System in Afghanistan; similarly the importance of this international conference was appreciated by leading speeches of Deputy Minister of Higher Education: Muhammad Usman Baburi, Professor Mahboobah Huqooqmal, subsequently Head of Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies: Dr. Dawood Muradian after whom the sessions opened for speakers to commence their Articles in several panels.
1st Panel of Interdisciplinary and Islamic Studies covered the following Articles: “Self-immolation and suicide, causes and solutions” and “Classical and Contemporary Islamic Conceptions Concerning the Rule of Law”.
The 2nd Panel of International Law & Human Rights covered the following Articles: “Compliance with the Responsibility to Protect displaced Afghans”, “The ICC’s Planned Visit to Afghanistan: Crimes, capacities and the willingness to prosecute”, “Afghanistan’s membership to regional trade agreements and the WTO”, “The international commitment of Afghan state towards international human rights mechanisms based on international law” and “The Afghan Legal Framework On Child Labor and its Compliance with International Law”.
The 3rd Panel of Criminal law and criminology-1 opened on second day on (4th October) and covered the following Articles: “Criminal Responsibility for the 2009 Kunduz Airstrike: The German Code of Crimes Against International Law and International (Humanitarian) Law”, “Direct Commission (by Principal Offender), Cooperation and Abetting in Offence”, “Comparison of the rights of the accused in Afghan Criminal Procedure Code & The new Iranian criminal procedure law” and “Drug Control in Fragile States: Regional Cooperation and Differing Legal Responses to the Afghan Opiate Epidemic”.
The 4th Panel of Criminal law and criminology-2 covered the Article namely: “The need for alternatives to imprisonment and criminal law mechanisms in Afghanistan”
The 5th Panel of Administrative Law covered the following Articles: “Assessing the set-up of administrative court system in Afghanistan Constitutions and ordinary ‎Laws and comparing it with Iran and France constitutional laws”‎ and “Judicial review of unilateral action in Afghanistan”
The 6th Panel of Constitutional Law opened in 3rd day of the conference on (5th October) and covered the following Articles: “A President And a Prime Minister For Afghanistan: Analysis and Suggestion”, “Vote in electoral law of Afghanistan”, “Principles of Fundamental Rights of the electoral system in Afghanistan”, “Constitutional choices, Ethnic accommodations, and “The consolidation of coalitions: A Critique of the Merits of Article 61 for Electing the president Afghanistan”.
The 7th Panel of Private law covered the following Articles: “Civil responsibility of the government in the Afghan legal system” and “The uses of legal ambiguity: How contractors control workers in Afghanistan”.
To mention that after each speaker had presented their essays, 10 minutes were granted by the chairman of each Panel for questions and answers.
Since Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law (HBORL) Provides assistance in the areas of rule of law, access to justice, human rights and social peace in Afghanistan therefore, this organization is welling to continue in contribution to the development of an independent, serious legal research culture in Afghanistan and respectively enrich the legal system of Afghanistan.