Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ
Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 14 and 15 September 2020, the Centre for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and IRZ organised a two-day online seminar on “The practical Application of Property Law”. Around a hundred judges from all parts of the country took part in the event.

Following the opening of the seminar by Dr. Davor Trlin and Dr. Stefan Pürner, representing the two institutions respectively, Prof. Dr. Meliha Povlakić gave the lecture on the first day of the seminar. Professor Povlakić is the leading property law expert in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has also worked for several years in a notary’s office in Germany. This meant that she was able to share her expert knowledge of the property law of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which came into force five years ago. The law incorporates solutions from German law, as well as being based on Austrian and Croatian laws.

The lecture by Professor Povlakić was supplemented on the second day of the seminar by a lecture by Adnan Baručija, a judge at the canton court in Zenica. In this way, the seminar led to fruitful discussions between academics and practising judges.

The discussions, which are very important in terms of investment and therefore also the economy, centred on the legal institutions taken from German law, such as the basic principle that buildings and plots of land share the same legal status or the principle of public faith in the land registry. It became clear that courts frequently interpret the relevant provisions differently. The seminar can therefore also contribute towards the standardisation of case law, since so many judges took part in the event. The participants are also being sent written articles on the topics discussed at the seminar.

This seminar proves that online events are a good way, given the present circumstances, of getting plenty of people involved.