IRZ expert Dr. Daniel Lübcke, a regional court judge and desk officer in the IT department at the Ministry of Justice for the North Rhine-Westphalia region, during his lecture (screenshot)
IRZ expert Dr. Daniel Lübcke, a regional court judge and desk officer in the IT department at the Ministry of Justice for the North Rhine-Westphalia region, during his lecture (screenshot)
Russian Federation

On 11 November 2020, IRZ supported the German-Russian online conference on “Law and the digital state” organised by its long-standing partner, the Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation. Around fifty academics and students from many different branches of the Law Academy, for example from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tula, Kazan and Yekaterinburg took part in the conference.

The participants discussed the following topics:

  • Current developments and improvements for the E-Government state policy in the Russian Federation
  • The implementation of e-Justice in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • The legal framework for remote electronic voting in the Russian Federation, introduction of the modern model
  • IT-based legal methodology for the optimum review of legislation and the application of the law

The expert appointed by IRZ to take part in the event was Dr. Daniel Lübcke, a regional court judge and desk officer inf the IT department at the Ministry of Justice for the North Rhine-Westphalia region. His lecture on “Introducing e-Justice in NRW” was met with a great deal of interest from the audience. Dr. Lübcke reported on the introduction of electronic legal transactions and electronic files to the justice system in North Rhine-Westphalia. This included a presentation of the system for ensuring the general security of electronic mail exchange:

  • Electronic court and administration inbox,
  • De-Mail and
  • special mailboxes for lawyers, notaries and authorities.

Dr. Lübcke also talked about the legal regulations and technical implementation of electronic communications. His practical examples and explanations of the “e2-Verbund” association were particularly interesting.

The participants were also able to listen to lectures by Russian scientists and academics from the St. Petersburg branch of the Law Academy:

  • Dr. Anna Markevitch: Actual directions in the development and improvement of the E-Government state policy in the Russian Federation at this point in time.
  • Dr. Nikolay Tchimarov: The legal framework for the introduction of the modern model of remote electronic voting in the Russian Federation
  • Dr. Egor Trofimov and Dr. Oleg Metzker: IT-based legal methodology for the optimum review of legislation and the application of the law

The online format for this event meant that IRZ could safely continue its academic communication with its Russian partners during the Coronavirus pandemic. The conference gave the participants an interesting insight into the current status of research and practice on the subject of the digital state. The experts provided very detailed answers to the many questions asked by the participants during discussion rounds following each lecture.