During the 5th German-Russian legal forum in Hamburg
During the 5th German-Russian legal forum in Hamburg
Russian Federation

On 25 June 2019, EU Member States approved new regulations to provide better protection for children in transnational family affairs. The number of international divorces is currently at around 9,000 per year in Germany alone. For this reason, the IRZ, together with the German Federal Bar Association and the Russian Federal Bar Association, organised the 5th German-Russian legal forum on “German-Russian transnational family disputes”, which was held on 15 November 2019 in Hamburg.

IRZ expert Christian Höhn from the German Federal Office of Justice (department of international child custody, child abduction and the protection of children and adults) gave a lecture on “International family law – child custody and child abduction”. The Russian members of the audience were extremely interested in his lecture. They were particularly interested in the areas governed by the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children.

From the Russian side, lawyer Olga Vlasova and law professional Elga Sykiäinen gave lectures on the legal provisions for transnational matrimonial and family matters in Russia and shed light on the following subjects:

  • registration of marriage
  • possibility of divorce in Russia
  • matrimonial property regime: common property of the married couple, marriage contracts
  • rights of custody and access: determination of the applicable legislation, establishment of parentage (including surrogacy)
  • obligations of family members to pay maintenance
  • international child abduction: national law, case law, enforcement of judgements

Around thirty lawyers attended the event, including thirteen from the Russian Federation.

The event successfully met the objective of holding intense expert discussions between German and Russian lawyers in the field of family law. Both sides expressed the wish to continue this series of events in order to work together on developing potential solutions for the complex issues in this area.