Study visit on medical law to Marburg and Bonn

During the expert talks at the Ministry of Health in Bonn
During the expert talks at the Ministry of Health in Bonn
Russian Federation

From 3 to 7 June 2019, the IRZ, together with the Philipps-Universität of Marburg and the Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation, organised a study visit on medical law to Marburg and Bonn. Taking part in the visit were Russian doctors, leading academics in the field of medical law and representatives of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. The delegation also included the First Deputy Minister of Health for the Republic of Udmurtia.

German representatives at the event included people from the universities of Marburg and Mainz and from the university hospitals of Frankfurt am Main, Marburg and Gießen and representatives from the Public Prosecutor’s Office and from the North German arbitration body for medical liability issues.

The study visit began in Marburg, offering a platform for the Russian and German participants to discuss their latest theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of medical law. The contributions from the Russian and German speakers revealed a very high level of expertise. On the German side, the focus of the lectures was on the following areas:

  • The criminal and professional consequences of medical negligence,
  • offences involving bodily harm and homicide in medical law,
  • how medical negligence is handled in a hospital legal department and
  • the practice of the compensation process.

The Russian experts focussed on criminal investigations for doctors and the perspectives for the development of medical liability in the Russian Federation. After the lectures, the participants discussed four practical case examples from Germany and Russia. The expert discussions revealed new perspectives on all sides and enhanced the participants’ professional knowledge of medical law.

On the last day of the study visit, the Russian delegation travelled to Bonn for expert talks at the Federal Ministry of Health, followed by a visit to the IRZ for a lecture on the subject of palliative care in Germany. Here, subjects including patients’ instructions and the financing of hospices were discussed.
The study visit was a great success, enabling a fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue between doctors and law professionals, as well as an exchange of experiences between the two countries.

IRZ represented with a round table at the IX Legal Forum in St. Petersburg

During the Round Table discussion: Ludmila Novoselova (far left), President of the IP Court of the Russian Federation; Karin Friehe (centre), Presiding Judge at the German Federal Patent Court; Matthias Schmid (on her right), Head of Section at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
During the Round Table discussion: Ludmila Novoselova (far left), President of the IP Court of the Russian Federation; Karin Friehe (centre), Presiding Judge at the German Federal Patent Court; Matthias Schmid (on her right), Head of Section at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Russian Federation

As in previous years, the IRZ was also represented at the IX Legal Forum in St. Petersburg, which took place from 14 to 18 May 2019. Taking part in the event were some 5,000 representatives from 95 countries, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Spain and Portugal.

The following international organisations were involved in the IX Legal Forum:

  • United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL),
  • International Court of Justice,
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO),
  • European Council and
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Once again this year, the Legal Forum dealt with the question of how the globalisation of the economy and the modernisation of the law can be reconciled with one another. This is predominantly about finding standardised legal solutions for the problems arising as a result of globalisation. Within this range of topics, the main focus of the event was on the development of modern law studies and legal training in the Russian Federation, as well as in other countries. Another important topic was the modernisation of Russian law and its alignment with global standards of legal protection, with the objective of including the best application of the law from foreign legislation and thereby protecting the interests of all parties in a legal relationship, e.g. companies, foreign investors and originators.

More than seventy individual events covered these and other current legal issues.

Representing the IRZ were Karin Friehe, a Presiding Judge at the German Federal Patent Court, and Matthias Schmid, Head of Section at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, who participated in a round table discussion on “Right on information distribution: public vs. private”. At this event, the problems of integrating digital technologies in various spheres of human life were discussed from a legal point of view, in particular the way software companies and social network providers deal with user data. The discussions covered the terms and conditions for using user data for software products, who owns this information and whether this user data is subject to intellectual property. How users can protect their personal data on the Internet was also discussed. During the round table, representatives from Russian and foreign courts, Russian Ministers and Information Technology companies exchanged their points of view and tried to formulate a common position on this key issue.

International scientific-practical conference on “Current regulatory problems in healthcare: theory and practise“ in Izhevsk

Participants in the conference with the German expert Markus Schlüter (3rd from right) and Dirk Benkendorff (to his left)
Participants in the conference with the German expert Markus Schlüter (3rd from right) and Dirk Benkendorff (to his left)

This year the IRZ continued the cooperation with its long-standing partner, the Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, and organised the international scientific-practical conference on “Current regulatory problems in healthcare: theory and practice” in Izhevsk on 18 April 2019.

The conference addressed the following target groups:

  • Representatives of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Udmurtia;
  • employees of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation;
  • employees of the Izhevsk branch of the Law Academy and
  • senior doctors.

The German speakers were Markus Schlüter, Presiding Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Dresden, and Deputy Secretary Dirk Benkendorff, Head of Division of “Fire Protection, Rescue Service and Disaster Management“ in the Saxonian State Ministry of the Interior. Markus Schlüter covered the civil-law aspects of the topic and gave a lecture on „Doctors in court – topical issues of liability for medical malpractice in Germany under civil law“. Medical liability under criminal law was explained by Dirk Benkendorff in his lecture on “Criminal law for the medical profession and rescue service in Germany”.

The participants had a lively exchange during the conference. The Russian doctors were very interested in the interpretation of legal terms and in further legal training events. For the German experts, it was interesting to learn that the Law Academy in Izhevsk offers an additional qualification for doctors in the law on liability for medical malpractice. Back in Germany, they want to check whether there is also a need for further legal training for emergency doctors in the Free State of Saxony and how such training could be put into practice. The Russian side also announced that some ideas gained from the lectures of the German experts will be included in upcoming legislative proposals.