Kazakhstan has become a member of the Asian Association

Apr 25. Kazpravda

By Igor Rogov, Chairman of the RK Constitutional Council

Kazakhstan has become a member of the Asian AssociationThe meeting of the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts in Ankara yesterday, resolved on membership in it of the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan has become a full member of the regional association on the unanimous decision of the meeting.

The said association was established three years ago as a regional forum of constitutional justice in Asia in order to promote common human values – democracy, the rule of law and fundamental human rights and freedoms.

The Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan has experience in the like regional forum. Since 1997 it is a member of the Conference of Constitutional Control Organs of the States of New Democracy, which also includes the constitutional courts of Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine. Membership in it enables constant exchange of information and views on the constitutional control in the frames of conferences and workshops.

The association has its periodical – Bulletin “Constitutional Justice”, the editorial board of which includes a member of Kazakhstan Constitutional Council.

The idea of creating such a structure on the Asian continent was proponed at a workshop of the Asian constitutional courts’ judges in the capital of Mongolia in 2005, and then in 2007, the constitutional courts of Indonesia, Korea, Mongolia and the Philippines signed a Memorandum of Understanding and formed a steering committee for it.

July 12, 2010 the leaders of the constitutional courts and equivalent bodies of Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Thailand, Uzbekistan and the Philippines assembled in Jakarta (Indonesia) to finalize the establishment. Later Russia, Turkey, Tajikistan and Pakistan joined in.

The inaugural congress on the theme “The Present and the Future of Constitutional Justice Asia” was held in Seoul on 20-24 May last year, in which Kazakh delegation took part as an observer. The forum provided an opportunity to exchange views and opinions and to strengthen links between the constitutional jurisdiction bodies, regional and linguistic groups that were invited from all over the world to it. Since then, the Constitutional Court of Turkey took over the chairmanship of the Association from the Korean Constitutional Court.

According to Article 2 of the Charter, the Asian Association acts as an autonomous, independent and non-political institution. Its functions are to hold regular meetings of the members, organization of workshops, seminars and field visits, experience swaps on constitutional case law and working methods.

Kazakhstan’s participation in the work of the Association as a full member gives access to advanced foreign practices of national legislation, constitutional in the first place and awareness of current legal issues in other member-states in this area.

It will also help boost Kazakhstan’s contacts with the Asian institutions, including for further implementation of legal and democratic reforms in the country.