Working visit on legal basic and further training in Sonthofen, Kempten and Munich

The Kazakh delegation visiting the Regional Court of Kempten: Gunther Schatz (4th from left), Vice-President of the Regional Court; Adlet Rayev (6th from left), Senior Public Prosecutor at the training institute of the Office of the Public Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Christian Roch (on his right), Presiding Judge at the Regional Court of Kempten
The Kazakh delegation visiting the Regional Court of Kempten: Gunther Schatz (4th from left), Vice-President of the Regional Court; Adlet Rayev (6th from left), Senior Public Prosecutor at the training institute of the Office of the Public Prosecutor General of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Christian Roch (on his right), Presiding Judge at the Regional Court of Kempten
Kazakhstan

From 14 to 16 October 2019, a delegation from the Kazakh Office of the Public Prosecutor General and the Law Academy of Law Enforcement Authorities visited Bavaria to learn about basic and further training for judges, public prosecutors and the police in Germany. The working visit, which was attended by public prosecutors from the Kazakh Office of the Public Prosecutor General and employees of the Law Academy of Law Enforcement Authorities at the Office of the Public Prosecutor General, was organised by the IRZ.

The Kazakh guests visited the Local Court of Sonthofen, the Regional Court of Kempten and the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, where the focus was on the following main topics:

  • Basic and further training for police officers,
  • studies, preparatory training and state exams for judges and public prosecutors,
  • conduct of criminal proceedings in Germany (stages of the proceedings, indictment),
  • appointment of staff for courts and public prosecutor’s offices,
  • further training for judges and public prosecutors in Bavaria and
  • cooperation with the German Judicial Academy.

The following experts were among those appointed by the IRZ to take part in the working visit:

  • Christian Roch, Presiding Judge at the Regional Court of Kempten,
  • Prof. Dr. Bijan Nowrousian, a professor in criminal law and the law of administrative offences at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Management of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Sebastian Pitz, a judge at the Regional Court of Kempten and Memmingen and head of the working committee for trainee lawyers, and
  • Theresa Beck, Bavarian State Ministry of Justice, HR Department.
The participants showed a great deal of interest in the topics covered during the working visit and the discussions with their German colleagues were very fruitful. The Kazakh guests would like to continue this type of cooperation in future.

Seminar on Copyright Law in Nursultan

During the seminar
During the seminar
Kazakhstan

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), together with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, organised a seminar on 16 and 17 October 2019 on “Copyright Protection in the Internet: Problems and Prospects”. Most of those attending this event were employees of Kazakh judicial authorities and representatives of judicial authorities in the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The subjects covered by the forty or so participants at the event included:

  • An overview of the activities of the WIPO,
  • the enforcement of Intellectual Property Law,
  • the legal framework for protecting copyright and related property rights on the Internet,
  • the legal nature of online piracy,
  • enforcing copyright under civil law,
  • voluntary measures for recognising copyright law,
  • the latest European reforms of copyright law and
  • the liability of website operators.

Ministerialrat Matthias Schmid, Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, was appointed by the IRZ to take part in the event. His lecture on the latest European reforms of copyright law was met with great interest in the lecture hall. 

Both days of the seminar were structured around lectures followed by round table discussions. All the speakers took part in these discussions, including those from the WIPO, the CIS and the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. This led to a lively debate on current topics concerning the copyright situation in Kazakhstan and on the protection of copyright on the Internet. It soon became clear that the copyright issues that are currently under discussion in Germany are just as relevant in Kazakhstan. 

The seminar was successful and productive, paving the way for future events on this subject.

Multi-day working visit to Erfurt on “Alternative dispute resolution proceedings”

The delegation during their visit to the Thuringian Labour Court: Susanne Engel (centre), President of the Thuringian Labour Court, and Head of Delegation Sagatbek Suleimen (on her left), a judge at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The delegation during their visit to the Thuringian Labour Court: Susanne Engel (centre), President of the Thuringian Labour Court, and Head of Delegation Sagatbek Suleimen (on her left), a judge at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan

As part of its cooperation with the Republic of Kazakhstan, the IRZ organised a working visit for a delegation of five from the Law Academy at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan from 9 to 12 September 2019.

During their stay, the Kazakh guests visited the Erfurt mediation practice EMP e.V., the Local Court of Erfurt, the Thuringian Bar Association, the Thuringian Ministry of Migration, Justice and Consumer Protection and the Thuringian Labour Court.

They discussed with German experts subjects including the arbitration judge procedure as an internal court process for dispute resolution after a law suit has commenced and the methods used by arbitration judges for conflict management. The participants were also able to learn about the work of the Thuringian settlement advisory committee and discuss the possibilities for alternative dispute resolution.

The members of the delegation showed a great deal of interest in the talks and will certainly use the knowledge they acquired during their visit of “alternative dispute resolution” in their own work in this area.