Judges of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Albania visiting the German Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig: Xhezair Zaganjori, President of the Supreme Court (in the front, 2nd from right); Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert, President of the Federal Administrative Court (centre)

Judges of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Albania visiting the German Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig: Xhezair Zaganjori, President of the Supreme Court (in the front, 2nd from right); Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert, President of the Federal Administrative Court (centre)

The IRZ supports the Republic of Albania with the development of its administrative activities, which were established in 2013. As part of this cooperation, a delegation from the Supreme Court of Albania was hosted by the IRZ from 7 to 10 March 2017. Participants in this study visit on “administrative jurisdiction in Germany” included the President of the Supreme Court, Professor Xhezair Zaganjori, and five judges from the Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court of Albania.

During expert talks with the President of the Higher Administrative Court of Saxony in Bautzen, Erich Künzler, the structure and tasks involved in administrative jurisdiction in Germany, as well as developments in personnel in view of the current asylum policy, were discussed. On the following day, the delegation was welcomed to the German Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig by the President of the German Federal Administrative Court, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert. Expert talks were held with Dr. Otto Mallmann, a former presiding judge at the German Federal Administrative Court, and Dr. Susanne Rublack and Martin Steinkühler, judges at the German Federal Administrative Court, on the position and duties of the German Federal Administrative Court, the particularities of the review process, current examples of case law and judicial decision-making with a view to the independence of the judge.

The participants benefited a great deal from the opportunity to exchange views with experienced practitioners at the German Federal Administrative Court and at the Higher Administrative Court of Saxony. They were also given an insight into the tasks and structure of administrative jurisdiction in Germany.