Study visit to Germany by the Kazakhstan academy of law enforcement agencies

Visit to the German Judicial Academy in TrierVisit to the German Judicial Academy in Trier

From 23 to 25 February 2016, the IRZ organised a study visit to Germany on the subject of "Education and further training systems for court employees and police" for four representatives of the Kazakhstan academy of law enforcement agencies. The academy was founded in September 2015 as part of the modernisation of the legal system at the Public Prosecutor's Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Since then it has been responsible for the advanced training and further development of court employees and police forces.

As part of the study visit, the guests from Kazakhstan visited the Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei (German Police Academy) in Münster, the Deutsche Richterakademie (German Judicial Academy) in Trier and the state higher education institute for the Bundeskriminalamt (German Federal Criminal Office) in Mainz-Kastell. The focus of the visit was on German experiences of further training opportunities. Following an introduction to the German training system with studies and traineeships, the Kazakh delegation was informed about bachelor and master's degree courses.

They were also particularly interested in the organisation, financing and areas of responsibility of the educational establishments that were visited. The delegation was given the opportunity to visit the individual properties.

The IRZ will continue its cooperation with the academy of law enforcement agencies throughout the year.

Round table and seminar on intellectual property on 29 and 30 September in Astana

In cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a round table and seminar on intellectual property were held in Astana on 29 and 30 September 2015. The main focus of the discussions was on the exhaustion of property rights and the issue of parallel imports and border seizures. Representatives of the "Intellectual Property" division of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Justice and other experts from Kazakhstan and other countries took part in the first day of the event. A video link with the administrative unit of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Justice for the Dzhambyl region also enabled others, such as judges from specialist courts in the region, to take part in the round table discussions.

The second day of the event was targeted at around 60 specialists, most of whom were judges from specialist commercial courts in Astana and the regions. Contributions from German experts were met with great interest by the Kazakh participants. Dr. Oliver Schön, a judge from the Regional Court 1 in Munich, reported on "Parallel imports, in particular the issue of burden of proof and parallel imports in pharmaceuticals," whilst patent attorney Christian Hano reported on border seizures in Germany.

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan was represented by high-ranking officials on both days. On the first day, Deputy Minister of Justice Elvira Azimova chaired the conference, with Abzal Yestayev, Head of "Intellectual Property" at the Kazakhstan Ministry of Justice, taking over on the second day.

International Conference in Astana on “Constitution – Unity of People, Stability, Prosperity”

An international conference organised by the Constitutional Council was held in Astana on 28 and 29 August 2015 on the topic "Constitution – Unity of People, Stability, Prosperity" marking the 20th anniversary of the constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan,.

In view of the anniversary celebrations, this year's conference was particularly high-ranking both with regard to the protocol and the agenda. It was attended by almost 500 participants. Besides the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who opened the conference, the Prime Minister, the chairmen of both Chambers of Parliament as well as ministers and heads of state bodies of Kazakhstan were present. The event was also attended by many presidents and judges of other national constitutional courts as well as by representatives of the Venice Commission, the OSCE and the UN. This provided the opportunity to give an impetus on the national holiday to a large and high-ranking audience.

The second conference day took place at two venues at the same time: the Eurasian National University and the Kazakh Humanities and Law University. Mainly university professors were among the speakers. The German experts participating in the event were Dr Lars Brocker, President of the Constitutional Court and Higher Administrative Court of the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as Jens Möller, President of the Constitutional Court of Brandenburg.

Moreover, the commemorative publication "Kazakhstan trend" was presented in a ceremonial act during the conference. It includes contributions by foreign experts about the 20 years of development of the Kazakh constitution from an "outside view". Commissioned by the IRZ, Dr Lars Brocker and Professor Friedrich-Christian Schroeder contributed to the commemorative publication:

  • Dr. Lars Brocker, Verfassung und Verfassungsentwicklung in der Transformationsgesellschaft: Der Weg der Republik Kasachstan (The Constitution and Constitutional Development in a Society in Transformation: The Way of the Republic of Kazakhstan)
  • Professor Dr Dres h. c. Friedrich-Christian Schroeder, Der Beitrag des kasachischen Strafprozesskodex zur Entwicklung der Rechsstaatlichkeit: Ein Blick aus deutscher Sicht (The Contribution of the Kazakh Code of Criminal Procedure to the Development of the Rule of Law from a German Perspective).