Introduction of the new IRZ educational film “Negotiation in civil proceedings”


On 23 June 2022, the IRZ introduced its new educational film, “How judges can accelerate civil proceedings through active procedural management and supporting settlements” at a two-day event on civil procedure law at the Judicial Training Centre in Montenegro.

The film gives judges a direct insight into German legal practice and therefore starts with a recording of an introduction to the facts of the case and the matters at issue and the subsequent successful settlement negotiations in a German Civil court.

The overlayed texts and translations of the pertinent Sections 138 and 278 of the German Civil Code during the film’s opening and closing credits round off the film’s informational content.

In the ensuing interviews, a Professor of Civil Law from Serbia as well as Macedonian and Montenegrin participants in earlier working visits to Germany share their personal impressions of German legal practice and its implementability in their own national legislation.

The discussion after the presentation of the film showed that films like this are an excellent means of stimulating intensive professional discussions.

Project support from the Foreign Office enables the IRZ educational film to be made. The following were all involved in the project: Cologne Regional Court, the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors, “Pavel Shatev” in North Macedonia and the centre for training judges and public prosecutors in Montenegro.

The IRZ will use the educational film in future events and has also made it available on its homepage at “Media centre – Training films”  in order to reach as large an audience as possible. The film is also available in Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian and Macedonian.