Exploratory talks in Minsk on renewing the cooperation with Belarus

From 20 to 23 June 2016, the Deputy Director of the IRZ, Dr. Stefan Hülshörster, and Head of Section, Stefan Mironjuk, stayed in Minsk at the proposal of the German Federal Foreign Office to hold talks on the potential for renewing the cooperation with Belarus.

The delegation held talks with:

  • Oleg Slizhevsky, Minister of Justice,
  • Viktor Chaitchyts, Chairman of the Belarus Bar Association,
  • Olga Sergeeva, Deputy Chairwoman of the Constitutional Court,
  • Valentin Sukalo, Chairman of the Supreme Court,
  • Wadim Ipatow, Director of the National Centre of Legislation and Legal Research and
  • Ewgenij Kovalenko, Director of the National Centre of Legal Information.

At the Belarus Lawyers’ Association and the Centre for Mediation and Law, the talks with Professor Victor Kamenkov were mostly on the subject of mediation.

At the Notary Chamber of Belarus, the delegation met the President, Natallia Barysenka, and her fellow board members, who showed an interest in the subject of the notarial certification of real estate businesses and the duties of notaries in corporate law during discussions with their German colleagues.

The UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Belarus, Sanaka Samarasinha, invited the IRZ to participate in the UN initiative “Access to Justice and Rule of Law” in Belarus.

The talks went ahead in an open, cooperative atmosphere and were well-prepared in advance thanks to the support of the German Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. All potential partner institutions showed a keen interest in renewing the cooperation with the IRZ.

The topics of legal techniques and regulatory impact analysis, mediation and data protection laws and laws relating to lawyers and notaries were identified as possible subjects for the first expert discussions. After the summer break, a working programme for 2017 will be devised.