Addis Ababa: Participation of the CJCA in the 37th African Union Summit

Commissioned by the President of the Conference of African Constitutional Judicial Bodies, His Excellency Mr. Benabdallah, and at the invitation of the African Union, the Secretary-General of the Conference, Mr. Laraba, participated in the opening and closing session of the 37th session of Heads of State and Government of the member states of the African Union, which was held on February 17 and 18, 2024 in Addis Ababa. -Ethiopia.
On the sidelines of the work, Mr. Laraba met with a number of officials, where he discussed with them the ongoing preparations to renew the signing of the partnership agreement between the conference and the African Union.
The Secretary-General of the Conference was also received by the Chief Justice of Ethiopia, President of the Supreme Court as well as the Secretary-General of the Ethiopian Constitutional Council.
As a reminder, the CJCA has had the status of an “Observer Member” of the African Union since 2015.

Chad: Jean-Bernard Padaré, elected president of the Constitutional Council

The members of the Constitutional Council elected Jean-Bernard Padaré as head of the high institution and Madame Amina Radouma Atché, vice-president.

Aged 54, the new president is a Chadian lawyer and politician. Since February 2, 2024, he has been president of the constitutional council of Chad.

He has held various positions of responsibility in the upper echelons of the Chadian state. He was notably Minister of Justice, regional governor and secretary general of the presidency of the Republic of Chad.

Morocco: Holding of the 16th Session of the Executive Bureau of the CJCA, in Rabat

In accordance with the Statute, the 16th session of the Executive Bureau of the CJCA was held in Rabat, Morocco on: January 26 and 27, 2024 under the presidency of H.E. Mr Mohammed Amine BENABDALLAH, President of the Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Morocco, President of the CJCA.

The members of the Bureau examined and adopted the 2023 activity report, the activity program for 2024 and proceeded to close the 2023 budget year and adopt the forecast budget for 2024.

They also reviewed the situation of contributions, the status of memberships, the draft agreement with the African Union as well as the “CJCA Thesis Prize” launched on September 30, 2023.

On this occasion, the Chief Justice of Zimbabwe, Mr Luke MALABA, made an exhaustive presentation on the progress of preparations for the holding of the 7th Congress of the CJCA, scheduled for next November.

As a reminder, the Bureau is made up of the following countries: Morocco (President), Algeria (headquarters country), South Africa, Angola (outgoing Presidency), DR Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Libya, Mauritania, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe (Members).

Algeria: Visit of the Presidents of the Supreme and Constitutional Courts, having participated in the “African Judicial Dialogue”, to the headquarters of the CJCA

On the sidelines of their participation in the work of the 6th African Judicial Dialogue which was held in Algiers from November 20 to 22, 2023, the President and Heads of Delegations of the Supreme and Constitutional Courts of: Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Malawi, Mali , Somalia, Guinea, Senegal, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad paid a visit to the headquarters of the CJCA in Algiers, on November 23, 2023.
This visit was an opportunity for the Permanent Secretary General of the CJCA to make an exhaustive presentation on the creation, prerogatives and organization of the CJCA as well as its missions and its role in the promotion of constitutional justice in Africa.
The host delegations also visited the structures and spaces of the CJCA headquarters, with the aim of discovering up close the organization and functioning of the Association.

Zimbabwe: working visit of the SG of the CJCA

The Secretary General of the CJCA, Mr Moussa LARABA, paid a working visit to Zimbabwe from December 3 to 9, 2023 to assess the progress of preparations for the 7th Congress of the CJCA which will take place from November 1 to 4, 2024 in the city of Victoria Falls.

In Harare, the SG of the CJCA was received by H.E. Mr Luke MALABA, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe, before holding a working session with the Preparation and Organization Committee chaired by Mr Walter Chikwana .
In the city of Victoria-Falls, Mr. LARABA visited the facilities to host this mega-event, namely: the large conference room, the committee rooms, the accommodation and catering facilities.
This visit was punctuated by the discovery of cultural sites offered to guests, such as: the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, the Hwange Animal Park, the crocodile farm, etc.

Morocco: Mohammed Amine BENABDALLAH, new President of the Constitutional Court

Member of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, professor of constitutional and administrative law at Mohammed V University and at the Mohammed VI Multidisciplinary University. Author of works, “The prerogatives of the State in the appeal for excess of power”, Rabat, 1982, “The administrative police in the Moroccan legal system, Rabat, 1987”. In collaboration, “Administrative law news, 2010”, “Moroccan administrative law, 2017”, “Public service in Morocco”, 2018, “Moroccan administrative litigation” 2021. More than 190 articles and jurisprudence comments published in Morocco and abroad. abroad, collected in two publications: “Contribution to the doctrine of Moroccan constitutional law” and “Contribution to the doctrine of Moroccan administrative law”, in three volumes. Published on the blog:
aminebenabdallah.hautetfort.com
State doctorate in public law from the University of Paris II (Panthéon Assas), Postgraduate Diploma in administrative sciences and Bachelor's degree in political science from the Mohammed V University of Rabat-Agdal.
Appointed by His Majesty the King as Legal Advisor to the National Order of Topographic Surveying Engineers since 2001.
Chief of Staff to the Minister of Employment, Crafts and Social Affairs (1992-1993), Advisor to the Advisory Council for Social Dialogue (1994-2000), Project Manager to the Prime Minister, Legal Advisor to the Secretary General of the Government (2003-2008).
Member of the Constitutional Council between 2008 and 2017 and member of the Superior Council of the Judicial Power (April 6, 2017 to November 30, 2023).
Decorated with the Order of Sports Merit on March 6, 1993 and, as a law researcher, received the vermeil medal from the Academy of Arts-Sciences-Letters in 2012 in Paris.
On November 30, 2023, His Majesty the King appointed him President of the Constitutional Court.

Morocco: Appointment of a new President of the Constitutional Court and new members.

HM King Mohammed VI received, Thursday 30 November 2023، at the Royal Palace in Rabat, the newly appointed members of the Constitutional Court, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and the organic law of this Court, mainly the provisions relating to the renewal of one third of its members.

They are:

- Mohammed Amine Benabdallah, Amina El Messaoudi and Najib Ba Mohamed, members appointed by HM the King.

- Mohamed El Kasri, member elected by the House of Representatives,

- Mohamed Lididi, member elected by the House of Councilors.

HM the King also appointed Mohamed Amine Benabdellah as president of the Constitutional Court, succeeding Said Ihrai, who is no longer in position to continue his role.

During this audience, Amina El Messaoudi, Najib Ba Mohamed and Mohamed Lididi were sworn in before HM the King, in accordance with the provisions of the organic law of the Constitutional Court.

Algeria: Welcome of the President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

The Permanent Secretary General of the CJCA, accompanied by the Treasurer, received, on behalf of Mr Said IHRAI, President of the CJCA, on November 27, 2023, the President of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (CAfDHP) , Imani Daud Aboud and the delegation accompanying her, as part of a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the Organization.
During this meeting, explanations were given to the host delegation on the creation, prerogatives and organization of the CJCA as well as its missions and its role in the promotion of constitutional justice in Africa.
As a reminder, the CAfDHP was created by African states to guarantee the protection of human and people's rights on the continent. It complements and strengthens the role of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.