Participants in the Autumn Academy visiting DHL
Participants in the Autumn Academy visiting DHL

In partnership with the University of Lviv and financed by the German Federal Foreign Office, the IRZ invited 21 students and young professionals from seven countries to an Autumn Academy, which took place in Bonn from 27 October to 3 November 2018.

The students had to have an excellent knowledge of German, as well as a basic understanding of German law, to be allowed to take part in the academy. This meant that many of them had already taken part in the annual “IRZ Summer School on German Law” in Bonn.

During the seven-day course, the participants were able to attend more in-depth lectures on German law. Lawyers, judges, researchers and a professor gave lectures on the following topics:

  • EU law,
  • proceedings at the ECtHR,
  • private international law,
  • IT criminal law,
  • commercial and partnership law,
  • corporation law,
  • arbitration,
  • tax law,
  • the law on renewable energies and
  • insolvency law.

The participants were also given information on international association activities and a lawyer gave a report on his work as a long-term advisor to the IRZ as part of an EU technical assistance project. There were also visits to the German Federal Cartel Office and the DHL head offices in Bonn.

All the participants showed a great deal of interest and commitment. They asked a lot of questions during the discussions and at the end of the event, they took a final test in German.

One important element of this event was for participants to be able to network with one another right from the start, enabling them to maintain professional contact in future. This important objective has already been achieved, as indicated by a post on Facebook.