The IRZ has been working with governmental and non-governmental partners in Azerbaijan since 2010 in order to enhance rule-of-law structures and advance important reforms, for instance in the prison system. This took place on the basis of a joint declaration on the part of the Ministries of Justice of the Federal Republic of Germany and of the Republic of Azerbaijan, which the IRZ has been tasked to implement. The IRZ can look back on many successful discussions and events, including on the following topics.

Foci of activity of the cooperation to date

Constitutional law / human rights and their enforceability

  • Seminars and summer schools on the ECHR in Baku, in Lenkoran and in the exclave of Nakhchivan for members of the judiciary and of the administration of justice

Penitentiary law

  • Consultations on the penitentiary system in Baku and Sheki Prisons, over a period of several years
  • Working visits by Azerbaijani delegations to Bruchsal Prison
  • Specialist discussions and seminar in Baku and Cologne on the fight against cybercrime

Civil and commercial law

  • Specialist exchange in Baku and Berlin between Azerbaijani and German notaries on private notary practice

Basic and further training

  • Financing of German courses in Baku for staff of the Constitutional Court
  • Publication of several legal manuals

It was not possible to implement any further measures in Azerbaijan in 2015. A meeting was held between the Management of the IRZ and the Justice Minister of Azerbaijan, Fikrat Mammadov, in Baku. At this meeting, the Minister confirmed his Ministry's interest in continuing cooperation with the IRZ. Nonetheless, measures that had been planned were not implemented in the following weeks due to the difficult political framework. Cooperation with non-governmental institutions also did not appear to be suitable against this background.

Outlook

The IRZ very much hopes that the local framework will become easier so that the constructive cooperation which has taken place in recent years can be continued in the near future.