The Centenary of the First Syrian Constitutions and Decentralization in the MENA Region

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Since 2016, the European Center for Kurdish Studies (EZKS) organizes workshops on constitutional law with members of the Syrian opposition and Syrian civil society. On the occasion of the centenary of the first Syrian constitution, the EZKS will organize a workshop to discuss the history of decentralization in Syria as reflected in the different constitutions as well as decentralization in the MENA region. As in the last year, members of the Constitutional Committee will participate in the meeting – in person and online. However, in addition, all inputs will be available to the public via live stream.

December 11: Welcoming by Eva Savelsberg (EZKS), introduction by Prof. Dr Eva Maria Belser, 10.00 – 10.30, 10.30 – 11.00; The History of decentralization in Syria – The Constitutions of 1920, 1950, 1973, and 2012 at a glance. 11:30 – 13:00 & 14:30 – 16:00; Kurdish-Christian requests for decentralisation in the 1930s, 16.30 – 17.30.

December 12: Decentralization in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. 12:00 – 13:00, 14:30 – 15:30, and 16:00 – 17:00.

December 13: What can we learn from decentralization in the MENA region? 12:30 – 13:00.

The event will be streamed in Arabic and German. The detailed online program is available Here. You can also find more information on the event and the speakers on the event page:




Day 1

10:30 - 11:00
Across All Continents: The internationally growing importance of decentralization
Prof. Dr. Eva Maria Belser
11:30 - 12:15
The Constitution of 1920
Dr. Zedoun Alzoubi
12:15 - 13:00
The Constitution of 1950
Faek Hwajeh
14:30 - 15:15
The Constitution of 1973
Dr. Samira Mobaied
15:15 - 16:00
The Constitution of 2012
Dr. Nael Georges
16:30 - 17:30
Kurdish-Christian requests for decentralisation in the 1930s
Dr. Des. Eva Savelsberg

Day 2

12:00 - 13:00
Is Algeria the unitary state that it claims to be so? Demands of federalism throughout history
Mohand Hamidouche Elhocine
14:30 - 15:30
Decentralization in Tunisia and its implications for "good governance"
Dr. Najet Brahmi
16:00 - 17:00
Dealing with diversity in Morocco: Decentralization as the key to success
Prof. Abdeljabbar Arrach

Day 3

12:30 - 13:00
What can we learn from decentralization in the MENA region?
Prof. Dr. Eva Maria Belser