In consultation with the funding authority the cooperation with the Russian Federation is suspended until further notice.

The IRZ took part in the V. Legal Forum in Saint Petersburg from 27 to 30 May 2015, which was attended by 61 delegations with more than 3500 delegates from 84 countries. Twenty delegations were led by Ministers of Justice or their deputies. The organisations involved in the V. Legal Forum included, among others:

  • UN
  • The Hague Conference on International Private Law
  • European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Court of the Eurasian Economic Community

The forum programme opened up new opportunities for expert discussions. More than fifty round tables were organised, dealing in particular with topical legal issues.

The experts recruited by the IRZ took an active part in the round tables on the law of obligations, property law and trademark law.

Dr Oliver Schön, Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Bremen, was involved in the topic "Trademarks – shield or sword? - Topical issues in legal practice". This trademark law event dealt with issues in relation to legal disputes regarding the transposition, cancellation and infringement of trademark laws, with a particular focus on the abuse of trademark law. Against the background of international experience, this round table was intended to improve legal practice, in particular with regard to the case law in cases concerning the acquisition and protection of trademark rights.

The round table on "Restricted property rights: The more advantageous side of the Civil Code for businesses" was attended by Günther Jannsen, former Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Oldenburg, and Wolfram Marx, Head of Division at the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. This event on property law was moderated by Veniamin Yakovlev, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation in legal matters. It covered the system of restricted rights in rem and leaseholds as well as the relationship between the rights in rem project and the new legislation and developing land in a foreign country. The experts dealt in particular with the issue of rights of use and the development of foreign property and outlined the legal consequences of such a situation in Germany.

The event dealing with the "Reform of liability in Russia: Agenda for 2015" was attended by Eugenia Kurzynsky-Singer, Senior Research Fellow at Max-Planck Institute, and Professor Lorenz Kähler, University of Bremen. This round table dealt in particular with the new legislation with regard to independent guarantees. In this context Professor Kähler provided an outline of guarantees and statutory warranty rights in Germany. He also dealt in depth with the issue of pre-contractual liability. Eugenia Kurzynsky-Singer outlined the principles of the legal concept of culpa in contrahendo.