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First graduates receive their diplomas for a supplementary study course in German law in Sarajevo

Published: June 23, 2015

On 16 June, the first graduates were awarded their diplomas for passing a supplementary course in German law, which the IRZ organised together with the Faculty of Law at the University of Sarajevo. Following an intensive course of lectures and exams, all of which were conducted in German, as well as study visits to Germany, a special ceremony took place to hand over the diplomas to the first generation of graduates.

German ambassador Dr Christian Hellbach took the opportunity to highlight the significance of young legal talent for the future of the country and emphasised the importance of this additional qualification. This was also confirmed by the Dean of the Faculty, Prof Dr Boro Petrovic, and the Vice Dean for international relations, Prof Dr Meliha Povlakic. Both underlined the importance of the cooperation with the IRZ and the support provided by the Foreign Office for this work.

The main part of the ceremony was taken up by reports from Ezmana Turković, Mia Softić Vinšalek and Harun Nović in presentations on the supplementary course. Ezmana Turković emphasised that she had gained a lot of knowledge that would help her in her legal practice and with her work with German clients. Harun Nović pointed out that he had learned a great deal, in particular from the regular oral discussions of legal issues in the German language. There were also positive comments about the Summer School in Brühl, which also provided an opportunity to make friends with young lawyers from other countries. The studies in German law led in particular to very good relations with colleagues from other successor states of the former Yugoslavia.

Musical accompaniment for the ceremony was provided by Aja Vincalek and Ekrem Softic, with examples of the cultural exchange between Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Germany. They performed dual language interpretations of the poem "Der Asra" by Heinrich Heine, which has become part of Bosnian folk music as a Sevdalinka (love song), and performed the Bosnian ballad "Hasanaginica", which J.W. Goethe translated into German in his time. For the latter, a musical arrangement was compiled based on the folk blues song, "House of the Rising Sun".

The ceremony, which was also attended by many IRZ project partners and representatives of other German organisations in the country, finished with some intense discussions over a buffet.