Tblisi State University
Tblisi State University

On 21 and 22 June 2018 an international conference on the topic “Challenges with regard to criminal law provisions on violence against women and domestic violence” (Comparative overview of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention) took place in Tblisi. The event was organised within the cooperation between the IRZ and the Ivane Javakhishvili Tblisi State University (TSU) and dealt with current topics of criminal law as well as important aspects of the reforms of the Georgian Criminal Code, which have become necessary in Georgia because of the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

The conference was attended by representatives of the Georgian criminal justice system and professors of Tblisi State University. From Germany, Prof. Dr. Carmen Thiele, professor at the European University Viadrina, and Sebastian Sternberger, public prosecutor at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Wuppertal, contributed to the conference. During the two working days in Tblisi the participants had the opportunity to report about their practical experience and to discuss academic and practical aspects of the various legislative norms which have to be implemented into national law upon the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

The following topics were discussed:

  • The criminal offence of stalking according to German criminal law under the influence of Article 34 of the Istanbul Convention;
  • practical aspects of how to proceed in cases of domestic violence in Germany;
  • the prohibition of violence against women in the context of migration and asylum, as well as
  • the criminal prosecution of sexual violence according to the German criminal law under the influence of Article 36 of the Istanbul Convention.

The objective of the conference was to enable an exchange between German and Georgian law professionals. The presentations of the German and Georgian speakers initiated open and lively discussions and gave the Georgian colleagues an insight into the German criminal law system.