The inception course for young judges – named “stage” after the French word for “internship” – is organized by the Supreme Court. It consists of one year of studies and one year of supervised court practice. The Hamida Barmaki Organization and the Max Planck Foundation are supporting the Judiciary by educating qualified judges as trainers in numerous fields of law and assisting them in teaching the courses to the aspiring judges.

Besides, they permanently update their own training materials, develop new ones and organize refresher courses for former participants of the “stage” program who are now serving as judges in all parts of the country. Course themes include constitutional law, human rights, general as well special parts of criminal law, fair trial standards, Sunni and Shia family law, court organization, judicial ethics, administrative law, international law, and property and ownership (including land tenure).

In addition, the Max Planck Foundation and the Hamida Barmaki Organization are assessing the capacities of the Afghan judiciary and evaluate the effects of their support to the Supreme Court during the last eight years.

Timeframe: 1 July 2013 – 31 December 2015

Place/s: Kabul

Donor/s: Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany