During the seminar
During the seminar

From 6 to 11 October 2019, the IRZ organised the first French-speaking internship programme for legal practitioners from the Maghreb. The introductory seminar on German civil and administrative law, law on lawyers and notarial law was aimed at judges from civil and administrative courts, notaries and lawyers from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. A total of 30 people from these three countries attended the event in Hammamet, Tunisia.

Representing the German side at the seminar were the following experts:

  • Dr. Sabine Schönknecht, a judge at the Higher Regional Court of Dresden,
  • Dr. Hanns Christian John, a judge at the Higher Regional Administrative Court of Saxony, and
  • Dr. Torsten Jäger, a notary in Landstuhl, Rhineland-Palatinate.

Following a general introduction to German private law, court organisation and judicial autonomy in the Federal Republic of Germany, the various professional groups discussed the following topics:

  • Civil and administrative proceedings in Germany,
  • proceedings at first instance and appeal proceedings,
  • an introduction to German administrative law (including special provisions),
  • an introduction to German notarial law – rules of procedure, ethics, remuneration of notaries, entry to the profession and activity,
  • an introduction to German real estate law and
  • an introduction to inheritance law and German matrimonial property law, including the relevant European private international law.

The discussions were extremely lively and the participants showed a great deal of interest in learning about the German system. The inter-regional approach also gave the participants an opportunity to network and to discuss the various procedures in neighbouring countries and to collect ideas for the upcoming reforms in their own countries.

The second phase of the programme is set to give three representatives from each professional group the opportunity over the next year to attend German courts or chambers of lawyers or notaries and to see how the knowledge they have gained works in practice.