Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ

The focus of the bilateral partnership with the partner state Albania in April and May 2021 was on the cooperation with the School of Magistrates. The School of Magistrates is responsible for the training and education of judges and public prosecutors.

Four online events were dedicated to the following subjects:

  • “The structure of public prosecutor’s offices and the role of the Public Prosecutor General” on 9 April 2021
  • “Justice and the media” on 15 April 2021
  • “Personal rights and freedom of speech for judges” on 4 May 2021
  • “Constitutional complaints” on 7 May 2021

The online seminar was attended by the following German experts:

  • Walter Selter, a former Public Prosecutor General
  • Brigitte Koppenhöfer, a former presiding judge at the regional court
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Bergmann, President of the Senate at the Administrative Court of Baden-Württemberg

Such events have allowed IRZ to expand on its existing trusting working relationship and to offer the appropriate advice. For example, the series of events on the subject of constitutional complaints that began in 2018 has been enriched by the cooperation with the School of Magistrates.

The seminars also tied in with current debates, such as law no. 97/2016 on “the organisation and role of public prosecutors in the Republic of Albania”.

IRZ experts have been following and supporting developments in the partner state of Albania for many years and brought German and European views and experiences into the discussions.

These events were financed as part of the institutional partnership by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV). There are plans to continue the partnership with the School of Magistrates in the course of the year.