Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ

On 24 and 25 February 2021, IRZ organised an online seminar on “Tenancy law and family law” for Arabic-speaking refugee legal experts from Syria and Iraq. The event was financed by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV).

IRZ Head of Section Sidi Mohamed Khairy opened the seminar, welcomed the participants and introduced the main topics. The objective of this event was to explain the basics of tenancy law and family law in Germany to the participants and to allow them to broaden the knowledge they have already gained in these areas. As the participants introduced themselves, it became clear how much they already knew about the law: Some of the participants had already finished their law studies in their home countries and were already working as lawyers there. Others had studied at a German university and completed a Master of Laws (LL.M.).

Dr. Arnd Weishaupt and Dr. Sven Lütkemeier, both judges at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf, took part in the event as IRZ experts. During the seminar, they gave lectures on the following topics, giving some examples of practical cases:

Tenancy law

  • basics
  • viewing properties
  • main contents of agreements
  • defects in the rented property
  • usage in accordance with the contract
  • increasing rents
  • running costs
  • ending the rental agreement including protection against termination of lease during the Coronavirus pandemic

Family law

  • Parent-child relationship:
    • parental care
    • rights and duties of access
    • child support
  • Matrimonial law: Separation and divorce
    • assignment of the marital home
    • divorce: prerequisites and impacts of divorce
    • support payments from spouses

The participants made the most of the lectures to have lively discussions and an intense exchange of experiences with the experts. Because of this positive response, IRZ is planning further events with the participants this year, in particular an event held over several days to cover other topics relevant to the law, which the participants will be able to attend in person.

Some of the participants will also have the opportunity during the year to complete a two-week internship at a law firm or in a commercial enterprise. The objectives of these internships are to give them insights into practical legal work, develop their own networks and make it easier for them to find work in the German labour market.