From 29 to 31 March 2016, the German section of the International Commission of Jurists visited Podgorica in Montenegro for their annual trip, which the IRZ helped to organise. German law professionals from various specialist fields took part in the trip, including Professor Dr. Michael Eichberger and Professor Dr. Andreas Paulus, two practising judges at the German Constitutional Court.

The delegation held talks with the Minister of Justice for Montenegro, Zoran Pažin, the President of the Constitutional Court, Desanka Lopičić, the President of the Parliament, Ranko Krivokapić, and representatives of various non-governmental organisations and specialised public prosecution offices. The programme also included an introduction by the German Ambassador, Gudrun Steinacker, and an embassy reception.

The wide range of professional profiles covered by both the German and the Montenegrin participants in this event gave both sides the opportunity to hold open, and sometimes also controversial, discussions.

For the Montenegrin project partners of the IRZ, the meeting with German law professionals represented an excellent opportunity to learn first hand about current trends in German law. Likewise, the visitors were given a broader insight into the current legal situation in Montenegro.

The visit from the German section of the International Commission of Jurists to Montenegro is another good example of the synergy effects, which the IRZ achieves through its many years of networking in its partner countries.