High-ranking Delegation from Kyrgyzstan visits Berlin

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Delegation of representatives of the Ministry of Justice and the Lawyers' Council of the Kyrgyz Republic with the Minister of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ms Jyldyz Mambetalieva, and Christian Lange, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (centre) (photo: Reiner Habig)

High-ranking representatives of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Justice and the newly established Lawyers' Council of the Kyrgyz Republic came to Berlin on a study trip from 16 to 21 March 2015. The visit was headed by the Kyrgyz Minister of Justice, Ms Jyldyz Mambetalieva. It continues the IRZ's consultations on major reforms of the legal profession in Kyrgyzstan which have been implemented since the "law on the legal profession" came into effect in summer 2014.

The visit started with a meeting with the Parliamentary State Secretary, Mr Christian Lange, at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. The programme furthermore included expert talks with the following institutions:

  • Gemeinsames Juristisches Prüfungsamt Berlin-Brandenburg (GJPA) [Joint Judicial Examination Board of Berlin and Brandenburg], Senate Administration of Berlin for the Judiciary and Consumer Protection
  • the Federal Bar
  • The German-Central Asian Parliamentary Group of the German Bundestag
  • the law firm Raue LLP, lawyers and notaries
  • the Regional Court of Berlin

The exchange focussed on the experience of the German legal profession on its way towards self-administration and the role of the legal profession as an independent body of the administration of justice in a legal system governed by the rule of law. Particular attention was paid to the legal training, being the basis of high-quality legal services and the prerequisite for the recognition of lawyers within the judiciary and society, which still has a large potential for development in Kyrgyzstan.

IRZ Visit in Bishkek/ Kyrgyzstan

The State Secretary Dr. Bernhardt and the Director of the IRZ Dirk Mirow moreover met high-level representatives of the Supreme Court and the Office of the Public Prosecutor General

The State Secretary Dr. Bernhardt and the Director of the IRZ Dirk Mirow moreover met high-level representatives of the Supreme Court and the Office of the Public Prosecutor General

The IRZ met several times with central judicial institutions in Bishkek in the week from 15 to 18 October 2013.

The IRZ has been cooperating with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Justice since 2011. Since then, it has organised events in Kyrgyzstan and in Germany dealing with legislation, criminal law and the freedom of information. On 16 and 17 October 2013, a seminar was held dealing with state-building, with special consideration of administrative structures. In this context, the participants from Kyrgyzstan were particularly interested in the federal structure of the Federal Republic of Germany. This topic was covered in the kick-off presentation given by Dr. Wilfried Bernhardt, State Secretary of the Judiciary and for Europe of the Ministry of Justice of the Federal State of Saxony. Dr. Bernhardt is on the IRZ Board of Trustees as representative of the federal states. Ms. Grieser, member of the National Regulatory Control Council and former Mayor, was in charge of the largest part of the German presentations and the related extensive discussions with participants from different judicial institutions.

The State Secretary Dr. Bernhardt and the Director of the IRZ Dirk Mirow moreover met high-level representatives of the Supreme Court and the Office of the Public Prosecutor General. They furthermore held discussions with three delegates of the Kyrgyz Parliament, amongst them Mr. Erkin Alimbekov, Chairman of the Committee for Human Rights, Constitutional Rights and the Constitution, focussing on the development of the judicial reforms in Kyrgyzstan and topics for the cooperation with the IRZ.