International cooperation

In achieving the important task of ensuring the supremacy of the Constitution, the Constitutional Court pays particular attention to the establishment and strengthening of bilateral and multilateral cooperation with similar bodies of the constitutional control and equivalent institutions with the near and far abroad countries, as well as with other legal institutions and international organizations. Integration of the Constitutional Court into the system of international constitutional justice is one of its strategic objectives.

Therefore, the Constitutional Court maintains close ties with a large number of judicial bodies of the constitutional control of foreign countries. In order to exchange advanced experience, study the best practices of the administration of constitutional justice and introduce new approaches and initiatives aimed at deepening and further development of constitutionalism, the Constitutional Court has established close contacts with the constitutional control bodies of the countries of Europe, the CIS and the Asia-Pacific region. For deepening the bilateral cooperation and expansion of exchange of experience Court has concluded memorandums of cooperation with the Constitutional Courts of the Republic of Turkey, the Republic of Moldova, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. A memorandum of cooperation was also concluded with the Center for Constitutional Democracy of Indiana University (USA).

Extensive interaction with bodies of the constitutional control of other countries allows to get experience in a more efficient administration of constitutional justice in Kyrgyz Republic. Such interaction is achieved through the participation of the Constitutional Court in the activities of international associations of constitutional courts, exchange of bilateral visits and participation in various international conferences, seminars and summer schools on the issues of constitutional law and constitutional justice.

Cooperation with the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) of the Council of Europe became an important stage in establishment and development of the international relations of the Constitutional Court. Cooperation with this organization contributed to the expansion of relations with other legal institutions for strengthening democracy, protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, the promotion of the values and principles of constitutional justice. Recommendations, advisory and expert assistance of the Venice Commission have found practical applications in the formation of the institute of the constitutional control, in promoting the development of a legal state and constitutionalism in Kyrgyz Republic. Decisions of the Constitutional Court are published by the Venice Commission in the Bulletin on Constitutional Case-Law and in the database CODICES which is a collection of the most important decisions of the member constitutional courts.

Furthermore, the Constitutional Court is a full member of such professional international and regional associations as the World Conference on Constitutional Justice, the Association of Asian Constitutional Courts and Equivalent Institutions, the Eurasian Association of Constitutional Review Bodies. In 2022, the Constitutional Court became a member of the newly established two forums: the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of the Islamic World and the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of the Turkic World.

Status of a full member of these organizations contributes to the Constitutional Court for wide interaction with the constitutional control organs of the member countries, the exchange of knowledge and experience in constitutional justice administration, as well as the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms of man and citizen.

Moreover, close contacts have been established and active interaction is underway with such international organizations as the European Union (EU), the German society for international cooperation (GIZ), U.S. Agency for international development (USAID), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

Within the framework of cooperation with these organizations, various projects have been effectively achieved and are being implemented aimed at promoting stability and the rule of law in the Kyrgyz Republic, protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms by supporting the constitutional review body of the Kyrgyz Republic through the provision of institutional, legal and technical support.