International Conference on the Fight against Corruption in Kostanay, Kazakhstan

From 12 to 13 February 2015 the IRZ organised the international conference "Legal Arrangements of foreign Countries in the Sphere of Civil Service and Counteraction of Corruption" in cooperation with the newly founded Agency on Civil Service Affairs and Counteraction of Corruption of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The conference focussed on international best practices in the fight against corruption and the practical consequences of these practices in Kazakhstan. There was a particular interest in the German contributions. The German experts participating in the conference were Jürgen Maurer, former Vice President of the Federal Criminal Police Office, and Bijan Nowrousian from the Public Prosecutor's Office in Kiel, who gave six presentations at the conference altogether and thus gave a comprehensive insight into the fight against corruption in Germany.

Apart from representatives of the Kazakh Prosecutor General's Office, the Regional Court of Kostanay and regional security and administrative authorities, speakers from the EU, Transparency Kazakhstan, UNDP and the US Embassy took part in the conference. A follow-up conference is planned for this year in Germany in cooperation with the Kazakh Anti-Corruption Agency and the Academy for Public Administration.

Visit of the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Munich and Berlin upon the Initiative of the IRZ

European Patent Office): Centre: Berik Imashev, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, left: Raimund Lutz, Vice-President, Directorate-General Legal/International Affairs of the European Patent Office

European Patent Office: Berik Imashev (centre), Minister of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Raimund Lutz (left), Vice-President, Directorate-General Legal/International Affairs of the European Patent Office 

“Intellectual property” was the topic of a study trip to Berlin and Munich from 1 to 5 December organised by the IRZ for a delegation from the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan.The delegation was headed by the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr Berik Imashev.He was accompanied by the Head of Department of the Ministry of Justice in charge and his staff.

The delegation visited the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, the Federal Patent Court, the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trademark Office, the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys as well as Siemens AG.They discussed the topics patent law, the European patent system, trademark law as well as other issues of intellectual property with the respective experts.The delegation was received by the President of the Federal Patent Court, the Vice-President of the German Patent and Trademark Office, the Vice-President Directorate-General Legal/International Affairs of the European Patent Office as well as by the Chief Executive and members of the German Chamber of Patent Attorneys.

The Minister of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan and further members of the delegation pointed out how important the consultations in the field of intellectual property were for Kazakhstan.The German experiences, they continued, played a particularly important role.

The study trip marked the start of a cooperation between the IRZ and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of intellectual property, agreed between the Deputy Kazakh Minister of Justice, Ms Elvira Azimova, and the IRZ Director, Mr Dirk Mirow, on the sidelines of the Fourth Conference of the Ministers of Justice of the European Union and Central Asia in Astana in October 2014.

EU-Central Asia Ministerial Conference in Astana

Managing Director of the IRZ Dirk Mirow while talking with the Deputy Minister of Justice of the RK Elvira Azimova

Managing Director of the IRZ Dirk Mirow while talking with the Deputy Minister of Justice of the RK, Elvira Azimova

The Fourth EU-Central Asia Ministerial Conference took place on 14 - 15 October, 2014, in the Kazakh capital Astana. The Ministerial Director Dr. Alfred Bindels represented the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. The IRZ participated in the discussion panel on issues of administrative law, which was moderated by the Managing Director Dirk Mirow and was attended by the experts Jörg Pudelka (Director of the Rule of Law Program of the GIZ in Central Asia), Gunärs Kutris (former President of the Latvian Constitutional Court) as well as Almat Gabbasov (Ministry of Justice in Kazakhstan). There was a consensus that the introduction of the administrative law in Central Asia would be highly significant for the development of a constitutional state. Gunärs Kutris reported that due to this trust of Latvian citizens in state authorities could be significantly increased after the change of system. Besides, the administrative control had resulted in considerable optimisation of quality and efficiency of the public administration. Those effects could also be transferred to other states. The states in Central Asia are particularly working on respective draft laws or reform plans are discussed.

The Ministerial Director Bindels and the Managing Director Mirow stressed that it is necessary to promptly implement the reform plans. Germany would further be involved as a coordinator of the EU Rule of Law Initiative in that process and would continue the good cooperation with Central Asian partners.

The Kazakh Vice-Minister of Justice Azimova and the Managing Director Mirow agreed on cooperation in reforming the intellectual property in Kazakhstan.