During the closing event: Ulrike Schultz, a former Academic Senior Councillor at the Open University of Hagen; Frank Hupfeld, IRZ; Boyan Magdalinchev, Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria; Kremena Ehrmann, IRZ advisor for the cooperation with Bulgaria (from left to right)
During the closing event: Ulrike Schultz, a former Academic Senior Councillor at the Open University of Hagen; Frank Hupfeld, IRZ; Boyan Magdalinchev, Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria; Kremena Ehrmann, IRZ advisor for the cooperation with Bulgaria (from left to right)
Bulgaria

On 21 and 22 November 2019, two one-day train the trainer seminars, which both covered the same area of legal studies, were held in Sofia, marking the end of Bulgaria’s bilateral cooperation with the IRZ in this area. These seminars were organised by the IRZ in partnership with the Supreme Judicial Council at the National Institute of Justice. Each of the events was directed at about forty judges and public prosecutors, who teach legal studies at Bulgarian schools. Ulrike Schultz, a former Academic Senior Councillor at the Open University of Hagen, took part as an expert on behalf of the IRZ.

The focus of the seminar was on teaching best practice methods from German legal studies and on an exchange of experiences between the German expert and the Bulgarian teachers.

15,000 students have already been instructed in law at 140 schools in Bulgaria so far. The Bulgarian programme, which is similar to law studies in Germany, is run by the Supreme Judicial Council and has already been honoured by the European Council.

This event with the Supreme Judicial Council marks the end of the bilateral cooperation between the IRZ and Bulgaria. It will be continued in future within the framework of EU projects, on which the IRZ is working alongside Bulgaria, offering advice and support, for example, to IRZ partner states preparing to join the EU.

We would like to thank the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria and Ulrike Schultz for the successful cooperation!