Exchange of experiences with the Senegalese Ministry of Justice on the “Digitalisation of the Justice System”

Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ

On 3 November 2020, IRZ together with the Senegalese Ministry of Justice organised an online exchange of experiences on the digitalisation of the justice system. Because of the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic in particular, more attention is being paid to the subject of digitalisation in many areas of our lives and work. It is currently the subject of much discussion in the justice system, where there are calls for an increase in digitalisation.

This online seminar continued a series of events on this subject with IRZ partner states in (North) Africa. In view of the current crisis, the event was designed to pay particular consideration to the electronic justice system. The main focus of the event was on the following topics:

  • electronic justice system and e-Justice
  • data security and Legal Tech
  • electronic mailbox and remote hearings

International experts brought their points of view and experiences from Germany, France, Tunisia and Senegal to the event and these were the subject of intense discussions. The involvement of several countries meant that various approaches could be portrayed, with the same problems often being identified.

The following experts took part on behalf of IRZ:

  • Dr. Lars Bierschenk, a judge at the Regional Court of Bonn
  • Jean Pierre Vogel-Braun, Presiding Judge at the Administrative Court of Strasbourg
  • Professor Hatem Rouatbi, a lawyer and member of the “Dispute Resolution and Enforcement” research laboratory at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Tunis - El Manar.

The online event took place as part of the working programme between the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection and the Senegalese Ministry of Justice, which started at the beginning of 2020.

The animated discussions during the seminar illustrated the remarkably high level of interest, as well as the highly topical and multifaceted nature of this complex subject. IRZ therefore plans to continue and intensify its partnership with the Senegalese justice system in this area.