Participants in the regional conference
Participants in the regional conference

On 6 and 7 April 2019, the IRZ, in partnership with the Jordanian Court of Cassation, organised a regional conference on “Courts of Cassation and their contribution to the standardisation of case law, with particular consideration paid to the implementation of international guidelines.” Attending the conference were judges from the Jordanian Court of Cassation and from other judicial authorities, as well as judges from the Tunisian and Moroccan Courts of Cassation.

This event took place as part of a Transformation Partnership Project on judicial training as a stabilising element of the rule of law in Jordan, which is being supported by the German Foreign Office and coordinated by the IRZ between 2017 and 2019.

The seminar was opened by the Vice-President of the Jordanian Court of Cassation, Judge Mohamed Ajarmeh, who in his opening speech pointed out the significance of European and international legal structures and their adoption in Jordan.

Prof. Dr. Lutz Strohn and Holger Rothfuß, both of whom are former judges at the German Federal Court of Justice, were appointed by the IRZ to take part in the conference as German experts. Professor Strohn focussed on explaining issues of civil law, including the collaboration between European courts and German supreme courts. Holger Rothfuß emphasised the prominent role of Courts of Cassation in the further development and standardisation of case law and also explained specific procedural matters concerning the activity of the German Federal Court of Justice.

Representatives of the Courts of Cassation of Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia reported on the current practices of their courts and, during panel discussions, discussed the particular importance of the courts when it comes to resolving contradictions in case law, the further development of the law and the resulting legal transparency.

The lively, animated discussions about the various judicial systems and the relationship between national and international law showed that the subject was perceived to be particularly important by the participants from all partner states.