During the talks at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Justice: Besim Morina (left), Managing Director of the Academy of Justice, and Lavdim Krasniqi, Director of the Prosecutional Council Secretariat

During the talks at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Justice: Besim Morina (left), Managing Director of the Academy of Justice, and Lavdim Krasniqi, Director of the Prosecutional Council Secretariat

From 13 to 17 February 2017, eight important representatives from the Kosovan justice system made a study visit to Berlin and Brandenburg:

  • Fejzullah Hasani, President of the Supreme Court,
  • Aleksander Lumezi, Public Prosecutor General,
  • Nehat Idrizi, Chairman of the Council of Judges,
  • Blerim Isufaj, Chairman of the Council of Public Prosecutors,
  • Ymer Hoxha, President of the Managing Board of the Kosovo Judicial Institute,
  • Vaton Durguti, President of the Court of Gjakova,
  • Lavdim Krasniqi, Director of the Prosecutional Council Secretariat and
  • Besim Morina, Managing Director of the Academy of Justice.

This high-ranking delegation wanted to familiarise themselves with education and further training in the German justice system. The visit was organised and supervised by an EU-funded twinning project, which the IRZ is currently leading at the Kosovan Academy of Justice along with its Dutch counterpart, the Center for International Legal Cooperation (CILC): “Further Support of Legal Education Reform”.

The Kosovan guests started by visiting the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Also on the programme:

  • Extensive informative discussions on the organisation of legal internships at the Law Students Examination Authority (Justizprüfungsamt) for the Berlin and Brandenburg regions,
  • A visit to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Justice and the German Judicial Academy and
  • Informative discussions on HR development at the Higher Regional Court of Berlin and at the Public Prosecutor's Office in Berlin.

Overall, the study visit helped to provide the Kosovan participants with an insight into some of the specific features of legal training in Germany, which could also be adapted in such a way that they can play a role in the transition from Judicial Institute to Academy of Justice in Kosovo:

  • The prominent significance of the (higher regional) courts in defining legal internships,
  • The strong orientation of internships towards practice and procedural experience,
  • The special role played by examinations (second state exam) and examination offices, and
  • The importance of Academies of Justice as joint centres of learning and meeting places, in which teaching and practice come together.

The twinning project team at the Kosovan Academy of Justice would like to thank all those who made this study visit possible, in particular the President of the Law Students Examination Authority (Justizprüfungsamt) for Berlin-Brandenburg, Martin Groß, who played a very important role here.