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From left to right: B.Imashev, Ministry of Justice of the RK; N. Ermekbayev, Presidential aid; I. Rogov, Head of the Constitutional Council; I.Merkel, First Deputy Attorney General

From 12 to 13 March 2015 an international roundtable took place in Ak-Bulak near Almaty in Kazakhstan dealing with "The Modernisation of the Criminal Procedure as a Guarantee for the Effectiveness of the System of Legal Protection and Implementation of the Human Rights Potential of the Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan" in cooperation with the Office of the Public Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan as well as the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The conference was attended by high-level Kazakh representatives of the Presidential Administration, the Office of the Public Prosecutor General, the Constitutional Council, Parliament, the Ministries of Justice, Internal Affairs and Finance as well as of the Supreme Court, and representatives of the OSCE Astana, the United Nations and the Venice Commission. Dr Jürgen Oehlerking, retired State Secretary (Ministry of Justice of Lower Saxony) was involved from the German side with a contribution about the preliminary procedure in Germany.

The conference was a first exchange of experience gained after the new code of criminal procedure came into effect. It was kicked off with a presentation by Iogan Merkel (1st Deputy Public Prosecutor General), presenting the main amendments of the new code of criminal procedure, followed by a presentation of individual legal norms and a discussion of their application.

The IRZ has advised the Republic of Kazakhstan since 2010 about the reform of the criminal law. The new code of criminal procedure and the new criminal code came into effect on 1 January 2015. This year, the consultations will focus on the application of the new legal norms.