First Edition

The system of justice in the Kingdom of Morocco, like many other judicial systems, has undergone profound and comprehensive reforms that followed a broad national dialogue to develop a judicial reform plan based on the new constitution provisions of the kingdom, which stipulates that the King is the guarantor of the independence of the judicial power, and dedicates the judiciary as an independent authority autonomous in respect to the legislative and executive powers, establishes the Superior Council of the Judicial Authority as a constitutional institution headed by the King, and sets the rights of litigants, the rules of the administration of justice and the role of the judicial authority in protecting the rights, freedom and judicial security of individuals and groups.

Undoubtedly, the fast development of the world today and its relentless efforts to establish legal and judicial security have prompted countries to review their judicial systems in order to consolidate the independence of the judiciary, guarantee a fair trial, streamline the procedures and processes, modernize the judicial administration and ensure that the cases are dealt with and implement the judgments within a reasonable time.

On the basis of the results achieved, the Kingdom of Morocco, like most countries, has plans and programs of reform compatible with its national identity. However, no one can assert that there is a perfect or exemplary system, even though the values ​​of justice and equity are universal.

In regard to the imperative of establishing and consolidating bridges of communication and convergence between legal and judicial systems and the continuous exchange of knowledge and information, it becomes necessary to identify the reforms achieved by each country through the optimal use of international cooperation mechanisms to share successful experiences and best practices and enable everyone to engage in the system of globalization.

In this context, the organization of the Marrakech International Conference on Justice will be held on April the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2018 in the presence of ministers of justice and presidents of superior councils of the judicial authority and heads of public prosecution as well as human rights and professional organizations, experts and academics from various countries around the world. The first edition of the conference will discuss the independence of the judicial authority between the guarantee of the rights of the litigants and the respect of the operating rules of justice based on the following axes:

  • The evolution of the independence of the judicial system in a changing world;
  • The governance of the judicial administration and the reinforcement of its effectiveness;
  • The development of the institutional capacity of the justice system;
  • The ethicizing of the justice system.

In regard to the importance and accuracy of the themes of the scientific program of the conference and the results of its recommendations and conclusions, the participants will be invited not only to present the results of the reform programs in their own countries, but also to highlight the most important problems that have accompanied the reform and the solutions that have been reached in a way to achieve a kind of interdependence and complementarity between the reform programs.

Alongside the useful scientific aspects of this event, this conference will provide a special atmosphere for the discovery of part of the cultural heritage of the Kingdom of Morocco. The participants will discover the city of Marrakech, the “Ocher Jewel” at the bottom of the High Atlas Mountains, the secrets of its fascinating charm, its magnificent splendor, its timeless exploits, and its joyful arts. The conference will achieve the usability and the splendor of enjoyment.