Students from South-East Europe discuss German law

Participants at the entrance to the Faculty of Law in Zenica
Participants at the entrance to the Faculty of Law in Zenica

From 8 to 10 September, the third regional “Introduction to German law in the local language” block seminar was held at the Faculty of Law in the industrial Bosnian city of Zenica for students from Kragujevac (Serbia), Skopje (Macedonia) and Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

The speakers at the event were Prof. Dr. Zlatan Meškić, Zenica, Prof Dr. Slavko Djordjević, Kragujevac, Doz. Dr. Aleksandar Spasov, Skopje, and Dr. Stefan Pürner from the IRZ. The Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Enes Bikić, gave the welcoming speech. The IRZ has been working closely with all three of the participating Southeast European faculties and lecturers for many years.

The topics of the seminar were:

  • Legal training in Germany
  • The particularities of the German Civil Code (BGB)
  • The influence of European law on national law
  • National Socialist injustice and the process for dealing with this

When discussing the last topic, the participants and speakers also talked about the fact that there has been a significant failure to address the authoritarian systems in the former regions of Yugoslavia and about the conflicts resulting from the collapse of Yugoslavia. What is particularly encouraging is that, despite the multi-ethnic composition of the seminar, these discussions took place objectively and with mutual respect, which is sadly not always the case in this region.

The event therefore not only made a contribution towards reinforcing the role played by German law in guiding legal transformation, but also contributed towards the normalisation of expert discussions. The seminar represented a great opportunity for the young legal talent in the region to make and maintain contacts.

New edition of the NPR journal focuses on “Public Law”

Neue Ausgabe der Zeitschrift NPR mit Schwerpunktthema „Öffentliches Recht“

The 1/2017 edition of the journal “Nova pravna revija – časopis za domaće, njemačko i evropsko pravo“ (New Legal Review - a journal of  regional, German and European law; NPR for short) is hot off the press in a full text version and a short edition in German. For eight years now, the IRZ has been publishing this journal  alongside the German-Bosnian-Herzegovinian Lawyers' Association (DBHJV) and the Society for the Study and Reception of German Law based in Serbia.

The current edition deals with the main topic, “Public Law”. The main focus is on the first part of an extensive comparative analysis of parliamentary legislative procedures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.

Other essays on other legal fields deal with property and mortgage law in Bosnia and Herzegovina and legal issues concerning same-sex partnerships in Serbia. Current judgements by the Federal Court of Justice and important aspects of European legal developments are also included. With regard to European law, the spectrum of topics covered in the current edition ranges from asylum and data protection laws, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, competition law, the CETA agreement and the fight against terrorism.

In this edition, the “Regulations and Materials” column, in which interesting legal text is translated and commented upon, is devoted to the German anti-doping legislation. The edition is rounded off with a comprehensive section including various book reviews and event reports.

The original issues of the NPR are available as downloads from the IRZ website and from various project partners, such as the Supreme Judicial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the south-east European lawyers’ network, Harmonius. The download section of this website also features the German short editions of the journal, so that those who are interested and don't have the relevant language skills can get a picture of the development of the journal.

The NPR is produced by a Bosnian-Herzegovinian-German-Serbian editorial team. The journal’s Board of Editors includes well-respected law experts from various countries. The German members are Professor Dr. Dres. h.c. Friedrich-Christian Schroeder, Regensburg, and Prof. Dr. Heinz-Peter Mansel, Cologne, who is also the co-publisher and editor of the German journal "IPRax - the practice of international private and procedural law".

As well as original articles by south-eastern European authors, the NPR also publishes the work of foreign authors in translation, which have already appeared in other languages in well-respected German professional journals such as

  • The Europäische Grundrechtszeitschrift (European Rights Journal, EuGRZ)
  • The Jahrbuch für Ostrecht (Yearbook of Eastern Law, JOR) 
  • The Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (New Legal Weekly, NJW) 
  • The Zeitschrift für Wirtschaft und Recht in Osteuropa (Journal of Economy and Law in Eastern Europe, WiRO) 

In this way, readers in south-eastern Europe are able to gain an insight into the wide variety of legal publications in Germany, even if they don’t have the necessary language skills.

Half a decade of international “Days of Family Law” in Mostar

During the discussion: Prof. Dr. Suzana Bubić (centre)

During the discussion: Prof. Dr. Suzana Bubić (centre)

On 31rd March and 1st of April 2017, the 5th international conference headlined “Days of Family Law” took place in Mostar.  The event was organised by the Law Faculty of the Džemal Bijedić University and the IRZ. This year’s topic was the impact of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on national family laws.

The conference covered the following issues:

  • Legal relationhips of relatives,
  • Legal issues regarding same-sex civil partnerships,
  • Legal issues regarding abortion,
  • Domestic violence,
  • Legal status of trans-sexual persons,
  • Impact of the ECtHR case law on national legislations in the region.

The lecturers were experts from different state faculties of Bosnia and Herzegovina and scientists from the faculties of Kragujevac, Belgrade and Novi Sad in Serbia and from Rijeka and Zagreb in Croatia.

The practical relevance of the issues covered was underlined by the fact that the conference was also attended by judges of local courts and legal staff members of the social welfare centres besides university members. With this in mind, Prof. Dr. Suzana Bubić pointed out in her introductory words that this collaboration between academia and practitioners has been existing for half a decade now.

As in many other events in which the IRZ is involved, the results of this conference will later be published in a conference transcript, thus reaching a wide circle of experts.