EUPOL COPPS training supports Palestine align legislation with international treaties

A delegation made up of 13 legal experts from different Palestinian ministries and civil society organisations visited Amman, Jordan on 2-3 December 2019 for a training course organised by EUPOL COPPS on harmonising legislation with international obligations.

The legal experts are all members of the Harmonisation Committee, which is the body responsible for aligning Palestine’s national legislation with international conventions and treaties. Palestine has acceded to a number of international conventions and human rights treaties. “We have been supporting the Harmonisation Committee and are therefore happy to have organised this training” said Jasmine Sultan, Legislative Drafting Expert at EUPOL COPPS.

The training was conducted by a Tunisian legal expert, Nabil Raschdi, who over the course of two days, drew on his home country’s experience. Tunisia is one of the countries in the region, which has had the most success in aligning its legislation with international standards and norms.

The rapporteur of the Harmonisation Committee Yousef Abdul Samad stressed the importance of continued cooperation with the Mission and the role this workshop has played in raising the capabilities of the members of the Committee by introducing them to comparative experiences. He considered the training to be particularly useful in light of the challenges facing the Committee, and the large amount of legislation which needs to be harmonised.