During the conference
During the conference

On 6 December 2019, a joint event was held in Belgrade between the Law Faculty, the Institute of Comparative Law and the IRZ to present the latest issue of the KoPra journal. The newspaper “Kontinentalno pravo – časopis za održiv i skladan razvoj prava” (Continental law - journal for lasting and practical legal development) is published by the IRZ in partnership with Serbian legal experts. The KoPra journal presents the shared continental European heritage in the laws of South-East European states and Germany, provides ideas for the suitable and workable further development of the law in harmony with this tradition and with social conditions and pinpoints any undesirable developments because of hybrid laws.

The latest edition features the following articles:

  • Models for modern criminal proceedings: Germany or USA? (Prof. Dr. Thomas Weigend)
  • The controversial system for the presentation of evidence by parties in accordance with the Serbian Code of Criminal Procedure (constitutional judge Prof. Dr. Milan Škulić)
  • Collective consumer complaints in Slovenia and Hungary (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Herbert Küpper)
  • The official duties and general behavioural obligations of notaries (former notary and judicial advisor Richard Bock)
  • The clarification and reappraisal of National Socialist (in)justice in post-war Germany (lecturer Dr. Aleksandar Lj. Spasov)
  • The situation of the subordinated mortgagee in out-of-court recovery procedures (Prof. Dr. Miloš Zivković)
  • The English language and continental European law (Dr. Stefan Pürner)

Within the framework of the conference, Professor Dr. Dragor Hiber gave a lecture on the Latin notary’s office as a traditional continental European legal institution of preventive administration of justice. Professor Hiber gave the speech on behalf of Richard Bock, who wrote a journal article on the subject for the new edition of the KoPra. Professor Hiber talked, for example, about the requirements for the form of notarial powers created abroad. This is a highly significant issue, since many Serbs live in the diaspora and Serbian notary processes follow the Swiss model, according to which the principle of parallelism applies for a legal transaction and the powers created for this.

The second part of the event was devoted to a series of subjects celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Basic Law of Germany. The German-speaking judge at the Constitutional Court of Serbia, Prof. Dr. Milan Škulić, began by talking about “Constitutional Law and Criminal Law”, pointing out the huge significance of the standardisation of case law. Prof. Škulić and his colleague in civil law, Prof. Dr. Miloš Živković, make up the Serbian part of the KoPra reporting team.

In a second lecture on the subject, university assistant Eva Weinberg from Regensburg/Barcelona provided an overview of the role of the German Federal Constitutional Court, in which she talked about the differences between the national role and the relationship with the case law of the European Court of Justice. Eva Weinberg presented the role of the German Federal Constitutional Court by means of new resolutions on the “Right to be forgotten”, which is still little known in Serbia.

Short presentations by the younger Serbian experts in constitutional law, Dr. Miloš Stanić (“Valuable German experience with regard to constitutional complaints”) and Mirsoslav Djordjević (“The culture of the Basic Law and the role of the Federal President”) rounded off the spectrum of contributions. Both experts gave their lectures in German.

As has been the case in the past, the participants also made the most of the opportunity for discussion and exchange at this event.

The KoPra newspaper is also available for download from the website. You can also find short editions of the journal containing the table of contents, the full editorial and abstracts of individual articles translated into German.