During a high-profile conference held on 15 May in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, the translation of the opinions of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) was presented. The publishers of the almost 400-page document (download as PDF file) had invited the Montenegrin Centre for Training in Judiciary and State Prosecution and the IRZ.

The welcoming speech by German Ambassador Hans Günther Mattern was followed by opening reports from the President of the Managing Committee for the Centre, Senka Danilovic, a judge at the High Court in Podgorica, and from Dr. Stefan Pürner from the IRZ.

The reports, which introduced selected opinions and the corresponding ECtHR case law, were presented by

  • Valentina Pavličić, government representative for Montenegro at the ECtHR and representative for Montenegro at the CCJE, and
  • Andrea Titz, President of the Bavarian Association of Judges and Director of the local court of Wolfratshausen.

Participants included presiding judges, judges at the Supreme Court and a former Minister of Justice. This composition led to multifaceted discussions, during which the qualitative demands on the contents of court decisions were also intensively discussed.

A repeated request from participants was for the topics addressed in the opinions to be discussed further at subsequent events.

The document with the translations is also being distributed by the IRZ in other countries in the region, which have (very) similar languages.