Handbook on European data protection introduced in Macedonian

On 6 May 2016 in Skopje, another publication on the European Convention on Human Rights in the Macedonian language was presented, with the translation of the handbook on the European data protection law. This is published by the IRZ in partnership with the Case Law Information and Publication Division of the ECHR, the European Council and the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).

The Handbook on the European data protection law is highly topical because of the widespread tapping of about half a million phone calls in Macedonia. Consequently, there has been a great deal of media interest. The academic portal Akademik and the press agency MIA were amongst those to report on the event.

The event was opened with a welcome speech by the German Ambassador's permanent representative, Hans-Helge Sander. The main speaker was the Macedonian judge at the Strasbourg Court, Dr. Mirijana Lazarova Trajkovska. All the participants emphasised the value of the publication for practical use.

The IRZ hosted the event together with its long-term project partners in Macedonia – the ombudsman, the Academy of Judges and Public Prosecutors, the Macedonian representative at the ECHR and the bar association.

The Macedonian translation of the Handbook on European data protection law is also available to download from the website of the Strasbourg Court: Прирачник за европското законодавство за заштита на податоците.

The event also represented an opportunity to introduce the latest edition of the journal published by the IRZ on European law "Evropsko Pravo" (EP), which has already been running for five years, which also deals with common ECHR topics.

Lecture on the abuse of civil law during the National Socialist era with the EL§A

Lecturer Dr. Aleksandar Spasov introduces the joint event with EL§A Skopje at the universityLecturer Dr. Aleksandar Spasov introduces the joint event with EL§A Skopje at the university

On 6 May 2016, an event was held on the abuse of civil law during the National Socialist era in Germany. The IRZ organised a lecture on this subject in partnership with the Skopje section of the European Law Students Association (EL§A). In spite of the timing of the event, which took place late on a Friday afternoon, more than fifty students attended and stayed on afterwards to discuss the topic in detail.

The event was opened by the President of EL§A Skopje, Maja Veljanova, and lecturer Dr. Aleksandar Spasov, who is a tutor for the EL§A group at the university. The German Ambassador's permanent representative, Hans-Helge Sander, delivered an opening speech in Macedonian.

Practical event on the ECHR in Macedonia

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.