Other forms of cooperation and promotion of the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law

The cooperation and exchange of experience and case-law with other constitutional courts are extremely important to the development of modern constitutional case-law. The Constitutional Court achieves that cooperation by participating on a regular basis in international expert conferences, seminars, consultations and by holding bilateral and multilateral working meetings with the constitutional courts of other countries on the topics of common interest in constitutional judiciary.

In addition to the intensive and meaningful cooperation with the regional constitutional courts, the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has particularly good cooperation with other constitutional courts, especially with the Constitutional Courts of the Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Turkey and Republic of Austria. The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has recently begun cooperating with the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation through the participation at the international conferences organized by that court.

While being aware of its broad social responsibility, the Constitutional Court has expanded its activities to include the cooperation with various educational institutions and associations of students, notably those in the field of the science of law in the country and abroad. The organized groups of students pay visits to the Court on a regular basis, thereby having the opportunity to get informed directly of the work of the Court and to talk about the legal issues falling within the scope of jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court. Within the framework of this cooperation, the Constitutional Court concluded agreements on cooperation with a number of faculties (Faculty of Law of the University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Law of the University of Sarajevo and Faculty of Law of the University of Tuzla).

The Constitutional Court has received a significant support and maintained a cooperation with foreign embassies, foundations and representatives of international institutions: Delegation of the European Union, Office of the Council of Europe, OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina and others.

Over the years, that cooperation has gone beyond the exchange of information and promotion of common values and has included a financial support to various projects of the Constitutional Court. Due to the support of the Governments of the United States of America, Republic of Austria, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Norway, the Constitutional Court renovated a part of its premises, advanced its information system, publishing activities and its library holdings.

Within the framework of the cooperation and financial support by the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the AIRE Centre, with which the Constitutional Court has cooperated successfully, a number of significant activities were undertaken such as organizing of the conferences and publishing of professional papers, etc.

With a view to strengthening the judicial capacities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and judicial system of Bosnia and Herzegovina generally, the Constitutional Court as a leading legal authority in the country maintains a successful cooperation and exchange of experience with national judicial institutions by participating in various seminars and consultations. The cooperation with the Centres for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training, in which judges and employees of the Court have taken part as instructors, should be mentioned as notably important in this regard.

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