EUPOL COPPS support the implementation of international treaties into Palestinian legislation and policies

The Mission works with the Palestinian Harmonisation Committee to enable and enhance the implementation of international treaties into Palestinian legislation and policies as well as the reporting thereon before international treaty bodies.

To examine how European national authorities plan, organise and report on implementation of international treaties into their national legislation, the Mission’s Rule of Law Section conducted a study trip to Belgium from 16-18 April for five members of the Palestinian Harmonisation Committee representing the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of the Interior, the Diwan (the Bureau of Legal Opinions – an independent body under the Palestinian Authority), the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During this visit, the Palestinian delegation met representatives of the Belgian Federal Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs, the President of the Legislation Section of the Council of State and the President of the Tribunal of First Instance of Brussels.

All meetings were characterized by a high degree of interaction and many issues were addressed and discussed: The conceptual analysis of treaties and domestic legislation, direct applicability of international provisions by domestic courts, data banks for the publication of laws as well as for comments on their compatibility with international treaties and implementation and reporting among departments.

The delegation also met the Permanent Representative of Palestine in Brussels, who supported this project by providing the interpretation during all meetings.

The three-day visit, which was funded by EUPOL COPPS, comes in the context of the Mission’s efforts to continue its support to Harmonization Committee and to provide the members with comparative experience in implementing international obligations into domestic legislation and policies.

Top photo: The five members of the Palestinian Harmonisation Committee with Mr. Jochen Anthierens (third from left) from the Human Rights and Democracy Section of the Belgian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Bottom photo: The visit also included the Justice Palace in Brussels. The interpreter from the Office of the Permanent Representative of Palestine in Brussels is seen to the far left.