Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ

From 9 to 13 November 2020, a five-day seminar on corporate and commercial law took place as part of an internship programme for Arabic-speaking refugee legal experts from Syria and Iraq. The event was financed by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV).

Head of Section Sidi Mohamed Khairy, opened the online seminar and welcomed the participants on behalf of IRZ. He said that the programme of lectures should teach them about the basics of corporate and commercial law in Germany and allow them to broaden the knowledge they had already acquired. The participants will also complete a two-week internship during November and December 2020 at a selected law firm or commercial enterprise, which should allow them to gain an insight into practical work, develop a network and make it easier for them to find work in the German employment market.

All the participants have completed studies in their home countries and some of them have already worked as lawyers at home. Some of them have also studied at a German university and completed a Master of Laws (LL.M.).

IRZ appointed the following experts to take part in the online event:

  • Dr. Oliver Böttcher, Tim Remmel and Dr. Verena Hoene, lawyers at the Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek law firm in Cologne
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Gehrlein, a judge at the German Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe

The participants learned about the following main topics:

  • Corporate law: the formation of companies, joint venture agreements, liquidation of companies
  • Business acquisition agreements
  • Shareholder loans
  • Insolvency law
  • Liabilities of tax consultants and lawyers
  • Distribution rights and competition law
  • Industrial property rights

The participants made the most of the lectures to have lively discussions and an intense exchange of experiences with the experts. Following the success of the events held so far, IRZ plans to continue the project with Arabic-speaking refugees from a legal background in 2021.