The Arab Association of Constitutional Law
Established in 2014, the Arab Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) is the first regional network of constitution drafting experts in the Middle East and North Africa. AACL’s main objective is to contribute to good governance by promoting intra-regional learning. It also aims to provide objective, grounded and forward-thinking technical analysis of the region’s constitutional frameworks and to apply its expertise to legal and constitutional reform efforts throughout the region.
AACL’s membership is diverse and independent. It includes members from Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, Kuwait and Bahrain. Members include academics, judges, lawyers, parliamentarians and civil society activists. They specialize in all areas of constitutional law, including the protection of political, civil, social and economic rights, the separation of powers, the functioning of independent institutions, judicialization of politics, decentralization and electoral law.
AACL’s members are recognised as leading professionals in the area of constitution building throughout the region. They have been involved in negotiating and drafting constitutions all over the Arab world and beyond, including in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Iraq and Yemen. In addition, constitutional reform efforts in the region are increasingly relying on the AACL as a source of expertise. Most recently, almost all of the external experts who advised Libya’s constitutional drafting assembly and Yemen’s constitutional drafting committee were AACL members, including experts from Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.
AACL has organised and participated in a large number of activities, including:
Conferences: AACL has organised international conferences in a large number of countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, etc.) and on a wide variety of topics (the relationship between religion and state, the functioning of constitutional courts in Arab constitutional systems, the implementation of socio-economic rights, etc.).
Roundtables: AACL has also organised roundtable discussions designed to allow for a more in-depth analysis of specific constitutional issues. These topics have covered different issues such as the current state of decentralization in Arab constitutional systems and the function and role of upper chambers.
Publications: AACL is also publishing an array of high quality studies on constitutional law issues, particularly in the Arab region. These publications include issuing AACL’s Yearbook, policy papers on specific constitutional developments and issues, working papers and shorter op-ed articles.
Academy: AACL runs an annual Academy of Constitutional Law, which aims to enable young scholars from the region to work together on joint research projects with support from regional and international experts. Academy participants produce joint papers, which are then prepared for publication. In previous years, the Academy focused on themes including the formation and influence of judicial institutions post-2011, the implementation of socio-economic rights and civilian oversight of security sector institutions. The Academy is held annually in Tunisia.
Working groups: AACL has created a number of standing working groups that bring together leading researchers and jurists to debate specific issues over extended periods. AACL has established Working Groups on judicial developments in the Arab region, the impact of external influence over constitutional development processes, the right to fair trial, as well as several Working Groups to follow and debate constitutional developments in specific countries, including the Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Syria.
AACL has partnered with a large number of institutions, including but not limited to the following:
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