Seminar on Copyright Law in Nursultan

During the seminar
During the seminar
Kazakhstan

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), together with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, organised a seminar on 16 and 17 October 2019 on “Copyright Protection in the Internet: Problems and Prospects”. Most of those attending this event were employees of Kazakh judicial authorities and representatives of judicial authorities in the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The subjects covered by the forty or so participants at the event included:

  • An overview of the activities of the WIPO,
  • the enforcement of Intellectual Property Law,
  • the legal framework for protecting copyright and related property rights on the Internet,
  • the legal nature of online piracy,
  • enforcing copyright under civil law,
  • voluntary measures for recognising copyright law,
  • the latest European reforms of copyright law and
  • the liability of website operators.

Ministerialrat Matthias Schmid, Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, was appointed by the IRZ to take part in the event. His lecture on the latest European reforms of copyright law was met with great interest in the lecture hall. 

Both days of the seminar were structured around lectures followed by round table discussions. All the speakers took part in these discussions, including those from the WIPO, the CIS and the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media. This led to a lively debate on current topics concerning the copyright situation in Kazakhstan and on the protection of copyright on the Internet. It soon became clear that the copyright issues that are currently under discussion in Germany are just as relevant in Kazakhstan. 

The seminar was successful and productive, paving the way for future events on this subject.

Multi-day working visit to Erfurt on “Alternative dispute resolution proceedings”

The delegation during their visit to the Thuringian Labour Court: Susanne Engel (centre), President of the Thuringian Labour Court, and Head of Delegation Sagatbek Suleimen (on her left), a judge at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan
The delegation during their visit to the Thuringian Labour Court: Susanne Engel (centre), President of the Thuringian Labour Court, and Head of Delegation Sagatbek Suleimen (on her left), a judge at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan

As part of its cooperation with the Republic of Kazakhstan, the IRZ organised a working visit for a delegation of five from the Law Academy at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan from 9 to 12 September 2019.

During their stay, the Kazakh guests visited the Erfurt mediation practice EMP e.V., the Local Court of Erfurt, the Thuringian Bar Association, the Thuringian Ministry of Migration, Justice and Consumer Protection and the Thuringian Labour Court.

They discussed with German experts subjects including the arbitration judge procedure as an internal court process for dispute resolution after a law suit has commenced and the methods used by arbitration judges for conflict management. The participants were also able to learn about the work of the Thuringian settlement advisory committee and discuss the possibilities for alternative dispute resolution.

The members of the delegation showed a great deal of interest in the talks and will certainly use the knowledge they acquired during their visit of “alternative dispute resolution” in their own work in this area.

Seminar on administrative jurisdiction in Nursultan

Dr. Christian Schaich, Administrative Director at the ZOiS, during his lecture, and Bernd-Friedemann Joop (seated on his right), a judge at the Administrative Court of Dresden
Dr. Christian Schaich, Administrative Director at the ZOiS, during his lecture, and Bernd-Friedemann Joop (seated on his right), a judge at the Administrative Court of Dresden
Kazakhstan

In partnership with the Academy of Justice at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a seminar on administrative jurisdiction was held in Nursultan on 5 April 2019. The seminar was aimed at students on the “Law” masters programme, providing them with an insight into the key structures of German administrative law.

The experts taking part on behalf of the IRZ were Dr. Christian Schaich, Administrative Director at the Centre for Eastern European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin and Bernd-Friedemann Joop, a judge at the Administrative Court of Dresden.

The focus of the German expert lectures was on the following topics:

  • Principle of interpretation;
  • Principle of investigation,
  • Pre-trial procedures;
  • Deciding on a court hearing / pre-trial
  • Types of administrative claim.

The President of the municipal court of Nursultan and other judges also attended the seminar to follow the interesting explanations given by the IRZ experts.

Background information

As part of the extensive reform programme in Kazakhstan, focussing on advances in the legal and judicial system and in administration, the objective is to make further progress towards an independent administrative jurisdiction and a code of administrative procedure in the court system.

A code of administrative procedure has been drafted, regulating proceedings relating to public legal disputes between citizens and the authorities. In addition to this draft, an administrative procedural law is also being developed, which sets out the legal regulations for administrative proceedings.