IRZ publishes Macedonian translations of the German Criminal Code (StGB) and Code of Criminal Procedure (StPO)

North Macedonia

Since reforms are planned in the areas of substantive criminal law and criminal procedure law in North Macedonia and the IRZ wants to support this process with various measures for supporting legislation, it has now published translations of the German Criminal Code and the German Code of Criminal Procedure in book form. Each translation is introduced by an expert in criminal law and Eastern European law.

The introduction to the translation of the German Criminal Code was written by Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Friedrich-Christian Schroeder, Scientific Director at the Munich Institute for Eastern European Law based in Regensburg. The introduction to the translation of the German Code of Criminal Procedure was written by Dr. Ulrike Phieler-Mohrbach, currently a presiding judge at the Regional Court of Potsdam and formerly an assistant working for the Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Eastern European Law at the University of Regensburg.

With the publication of translations of relevant German legal texts, the IRZ wants to reinforce the role played by German law in guiding legal transformation, as well as address those law professionals in the relevant partner country who are not directly involved in the development of draft legislation.

Minister of Justice expresses her thanks for successful support with legislation

The IRZ is providing extremely intensive support for the judicial reform process in North Macedonia. Some time ago now, IRZ experts gave various opinions on the draft texts for a new Regulatory Offences Act and on changes to the Rules of the Administrative Courts and the Law on Courts, which were largely taken into account in the new legal provisions. Minister of Justice Prof. Dr. Renata Deskosoka has written a long letter to thank the IRZ experts for their support.

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".