Länderbericht Polen 2014
Keynote lecture by Professor Johannes Masing, judge at the Federal Constitutional Court, at the opening celebration of the German Law School in Warsaw

Strategic framework

Overall concept

The IRZ has gradually reduced its commitment in Poland in recent years to the cooperation with the Warsaw German Law School within the series of lectures on German and European law. It appeared expedient to continue this project – even years after Poland’s EU accession – particularly with a view to creating an awareness of German law among young lawyers as well as establishing lasting contacts with young German-speaking Polish lawyers.

As an integrative element of the curriculum of the Faculty of Administration and Law of the University of Warsaw, the series of lectures continues to enjoy considerable repute and appreciation from the professional associations of Polish lawyers. This is because of the high level of expertise maintained in the lectures and of the strict achievement tests to which participants must submit. German industry also sees the project as having considerable significance for young Polish lawyers.

The series of lectures of 2014, which was solemnly opened with a keynote lecture that was given by Federal Constitutional Court judge Professor Johannes Masing on “Unity and diversity in European fundamental rights protection”, was attended by 28 students.

Focus of activity in 2014

  • 18th series of lectures on German and European civil and commercial law at the University of Warsaw, in cooperation with the University of Bonn (“Warsaw German Law School”)


The IRZ will be discontinuing its bilateral cooperation with Poland in 2015 on conclusion of the 19th year of the Warsaw German Law School.