Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ
Russian Federation

A Russian/German online conference on “Current issues concerning legal training and law studies in Russia and Germany” took place in Makhachkala on 17 September 2020. This event was organised by the Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation, one of the largest law faculties in the country. Around 50 lecturers and students from many different branches of the Law Academy, for example from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tula, Krasnodar and Rostov, took part in the event.

The event began with IRZ Head of Section Tatiana Bovkun and Oxana Shabarshova, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Law Academy, welcoming the participants to the conference.
The main focus of the event was on the current significance of legal training and research in both countries. The following topics were presented in lectures and subsequently discussed:

  • “Research activities as an integral part of the education process at Russian universities” by Dr.Tatiana Batrova, a professor in the Department of Civil and Commercial Law at the Law Academy
  • “The symbiosis between legal practice, law studies and legal training in Russia” by Dr. Elvira Esenbulatova, Head of the Criminal Law Department at the Academy
  • “The role of legal training in developing the legal culture in Russia: problems and perspectives” by Dr. Zuchra Omarova, Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • “The new challenges for legal training - the balance between online and offline technology” by Dr. Xenia Pitulko, a lecturer at the St. Petersburg branch of the Law Academy
  • “Legal training in Germany” by Dr. Christian Schaich, Director of the Centre for Eastern European and International Studies (ZOiS)
  • “Legal research in Germany” by Dr. Christian Schaich
  • “The role of research work in the Master’s degree programme” by Dr. Galina Shklyaev, a lecturer at the Izhevsk branch of the Law Academy

Dr. Christian Schaich, Administrative Director at the Centre for Eastern European and International Studies (ZOiS) gGmbH, was appointed by IRZ to take part in the conference. He presented the specific nature of legal training to become a fully qualified lawyer in Germany, with two levels consisting of a university degree followed by a legal internship. Dr. Schaich explained the differences in research and legal training between Russia and Germany.

The conference allowed a multidimensional exchange of experiences on the subject. The participants showed a great deal of interest in the lectures. The online conference was characterised by a particularly trusting and professional atmosphere.