Participants of the event (top left Snežana Marković, President of the Constitutional Court of Serbia, top right Professor Michael Eichberger, former Federal Constitutional judge, centre: judge Andrea Titz, Chairwoman of the Bavarian Association of Judges, bottom centre: Professor Milan Škulić, judge at the Serbian Constitutional Court)

The IRZ organised a conference with the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade on the continental European legal heritage on 15 December 2021 to mark the publication of the magazine "Kontinentalno pravo - KoPra" ("Continental Law - Magazine for Sustainable and Expedient Legal Development"), edition 2021.

The journal is already in its fifth year of publication in cooperation with Professor Milan Škulić, a judge at the Constitutional Court of Serbia and full Professor of Criminal Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade, and Professor Miloš Živković, Associate Professor of Civil Law in the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade. It represents the common continental European legacy in the law of the states of South East Europe and Germany, offers proposals for the appropriate, practical further development of the law in accordance with this tradition and the social conditions and also highlights less favourable developments through hybrid laws.

The event was opened by Professor Bojan Milisavljević, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade and Dr. Stefan Pürner as the responsible Head of Section at the IRZ. The fact that the magazine is held in high esteem in the country is demonstrated by the fact that it was followed by a welcoming address by Snežana Marković, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Serbia, and then by Daniel Mohseni, Second Secretary and political advisor of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Belgrade.

The authors then gave short presentations, which aroused great the interest of the approximately 35 participants to read the full articles. The articles in this issue range from criminal law through public law to civil law.

This is what former Federal Constitutional Court judge, Professor Eichberger, said about "Special Votes at the Federal Constitutional Court”. This made it clear that continental law also adopts the tenets of common law, but that the design and practice of the relevant legal institutions are modified to adapt to the respective circumstances in one's own law and society.

The presentation by Constitutional Court judge, Professor Milan Škulić. He presented the Serbian youth criminal law as it exists and the law as it should be, referring in detail to the relevant provisions of German law and emphasising that, based on the continental European understanding, the focus here should be on the educational concept.

There are also national differences between states of the continental European legal system, in the mechanisms for ensuring judicial independence. Andrea Titz, Vice President of the Regional Court of Traunstein and Chairwoman of the Bavarian Association of Judges, therefore explained the respective situation in Germany.

An intensive discussion then ensued comparing the independence of the judiciary, in particular the role of the courts and the judiciary.

For more details, please see the latest issue of the KoPra magazine.


The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Serbia reports extensively on the conference on its website:

The magazine is distributed via the IRZ network, both as a digital and printed version, in Serbia and also in all the other countries in the region with compatible languages.