Young diplomats from the Western Balkans inform themselves about the IRZ

During the seminar
During the seminar
North Macedonia

From 12 June to 10 July 2019, the Federal Foreign Office put on the ninth "Executive Seminar for Diplomats from the Western Balkans", attended by junior diplomats from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

In addition to training and courses, the seminar programme also featured meetings with persons from the sphere of politics and parliaments as well as visits to important German institutions. On top of this, organisations involved in international and bilateral cooperation with the participants' home countries were presented, including the IRZ.

The information event on the IRZ held on 27 June, which has been taking place in this format for several years, was chaired and moderated by the head of the Western Balkans course at the Diplomats Academy, former ambassador Gudrun Steinacker. After a brief introduction, Dr. Stefan Pürner, IRZ Head of Section for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, gave an introduction on the IRZ, providing a comprehensive view of its work and its activities in the Western Balkan states.

After this, Dr. Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska provided the participants with an account of judicial reform in their home country, North Macedonia, and the role of the IRZ in it. Dr. Lazarova Trajkovska was previously a Macedonian constitutional judge, former judge and Section President for North Macedonia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and a proven expert in this field.

The two introductory presentations were followed by an intensive discussion, which also addressed "competition between legal systems" and how important it is to maintain the continental European orientation of law to foster sustainable legal development.

Expert discussion on judicial reform in Northern Macedonia at the Institut für Ostrecht München e.V. in Regensburg

Tomislav Pintaric, Prof. Friedrich-Christian Schroeder, Dr. Mirijana Lazarova Trajkovska and Prof. Herbert Küpper (l.t.r.)
Tomislav Pintaric, Prof. Friedrich-Christian Schroeder, Dr. Mirijana Lazarova Trajkovska and Prof. Herbert Küpper (l.t.r.)
North Macedonia

In connection with the regular collaboration that takes place between the IRZ and the Institut für Ostrecht München e.V. (IOR), Dr. Mirijana Lazarova Trajkovska, former judge of present-day Northern Macedonia at the European Court of Human Rights, who works for the IRZ as a consultant, took part in an expert discussion staged by the Institute at its headquarters in Regensburg on 26 June 2019. She was accompanied by Dr. Stefan Pürner, the IRZ's Department Head for Northern Macedonia. The IOR participated in the exchange of opinion:

  • Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Friedrich-Christian Schroeder, Research Director at the IOR,
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Herbert Küpper, Managing Director of the IOR, and
  • Tomislav Pintaric, IOR Country Officer for Northern Macedonia.

Dr. Lazarova Trajkovska and Dr. Pürner informed their hosts about the current status of judicial reform in Northern Macedonia and supporting activities being conducted by IRZ. In the course of the exchange of expert opinion, the participants also identified similarities and differences with other states which the IOOC is conducting research on. The discussion focused in particular on demands placed on the judiciary and the role played by judicial councils.

Dr. Lazarova Trajkovska used the visit to Regensburg to familiarise herself with the activities of the institute as a whole. After her return to Northern Macedonia, she will also inform prospective young scholars about the possibility of research visits at the IOR, as the IOR network also supports German-speaking lawyers in their home countries.

Upon an invitation extended by the Chair for Public Law, in particular for German and European Administrative Law, Prof. Dr. Geritt Manssen and the Regensburg Faculty Group of the European Law Students' Association EL§A, Dr. Mirijana Lazarova Trajkovska, also delivered a guest lecture attended by a large audience on "The Effect of the Jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights on States in Transition".

Twinning-Projekt “Building the Institutional Capacity of Investigative Centres”

Uroš Matijašević, Junior Project Manager, Croatian Ministry of Justice; Benedikt Welfens, Resident Twinning Advisor (RTA), IRZ; Dr. Stefan Trunk, Project Manager, IRZ; RTA Boro Ilkoski, Public Prosecutor's Office, Skopje (l.t.r.)
Uroš Matijašević, Junior Project Manager, Croatian Ministry of Justice; Benedikt Welfens, Resident Twinning Advisor (RTA), IRZ; Dr. Stefan Trunk, Project Manager, IRZ; RTA Boro Ilkoski, Public Prosecutor's Office, Skopje (l.t.r.)
North Macedonia

The first Project Steering Committee meeting took place in Skopje on 28 June 2019 in the building of the Public Prosecutor's Office, where the so-called Initial Work Plan and the Visibility and Communication Plan were discussed and unanimously adopted.

Thanks to six weeks of preparation and extensive support provided by experts from Germany and Croatia, the project is now off to a successful start. Backing from various local authorities is also steadily improving. The next major step will be the kick-off event in September. At this event, the project is to be presented to a broad public in the presence of high-ranking representatives of national authorities along with foreign guests.

All the participants will now be engaging in wide-ranging activities in order to attain the project goals and bring the Twinning project to a successful conclusion. The game plan was set for this at this first project steering committee meeting.

For more information on the project, see: Building the Institutional Capacity of Investigative Centres 

Funded by the European Union