On 14 July 2016, the Presiding Judge at the Administrative Court of Mannheim, Professor Dr. Jan Bergmann, gave a lecture on “Media relations at constitutional courts” to judges and expert employees at the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Kosovo in Priština.

His lecture was part of a full-day seminar, which was financed by funds from the German Federal Foreign Office. The objective was to give participants a clearer insight into how constitutional courts deal with the media.

In the morning, Professor Bergmann explained the importance of active public relations work and introduced the practical advantages. As a next step, he presented the basic structures of public relations work, using the German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe as an example. Another topic covered the requirements of media representatives at court.

The afternoon was devoted to a questions and answers session with participants. This led to interesting discussions about, for example, the interpretation of case law in the press and how transparency and confidentiality can be weighed up against each other.