Lawyer Holger Hembach, Danica Djonova and the Director of the Academy, judge Aneta Arnaudovska (on the podium, from left to right)Lawyer Holger Hembach, Danica Djonova and the Director of the Academy, judge Aneta Arnaudovska (on the podium, from left to right)

On 2 and 3 March 2016, the IRZ together with its long-term partner, the Macedonian Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors, Pavel Šatev, organised a seminar on the "Significance of Article 1 of the First Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights."

The speakers at the event were the German lawyer Holger Hembach, who worked for many years for the OSCE in Macedonia, and Danica Djonova from the office representing the Macedonian government at the European Court of Human Rights. During the event, which was opened by the Director of the Academy, judge Aneta Arnaudovska, numerous cases from the relevant case law at the Strasbourg Court were presented.

The lectures also dealt with the practical significance of the topic. This has come about as a result of the fact that between 1959 and 2005, about 13 per cent of the successful complaints brought before the Strasbourg Court involved a violation of Article 1 of the First Additional Protocol. The further presentation focussed in particular on the justification and appropriateness of infringements of property rights.

The event was also widely covered in "Akademik", the country's leading academic online portal.

The subject of human rights represents a particular focus of IRZ activities in Macedonia. In this respect, the IRZ not only organises training and further education events, it also publishes various relevant publications in Macedonian as well as in the language of the Albanian minority population. To achieve this, the IRZ works with the Case Law Information and Publications Division of the ECHR and also with the office representing the Macedonian government at the Strasbourg Court.