Professor Udo Steiner, former Federal Constitutional Court judge, during his presentation.
Serbia – IRZ-Alumni

The annual workshop for German-speaking IRZ alumni in South East Europe took place online again on 14 December 2021. The decision of the Federal Constitutional Court on climate protection was a particular focus of the event.

Alumni of various IRZ programs have been meeting late in the year for some time now. The meeting once again included lawyers, judges, public prosecutors and notaries who have previously attended summer schools in German law, profession-specific internships in Germany and courses in German legal terminology. They valued the opportunity to learn about current developments in German law and used the meeting to engage in some intensive expert discussions in German. They were also able to expand their own professional network.

This event took place in Belgrade in previous years, but was moved into the digital sphere for the second time due to the pandemic.

The 2021 annual workshop was opened by Sonya Z. Ouertani, the IRZ project manager responsible for Serbia, followed by welcoming speeches by Daniel Mohseni, second secretary and political adviser to the German embassy in Belgrade. He emphasised the topicality of "climate protection", also with respect to the new 2021 coalition agreement of the governing parties in Germany.

Professor Udo Steiner, former Federal Constitutional Court judge, presented the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court of 29 April 2021 on climate protection. It aroused interest among the predominantly younger participants, mainly because it addressed the guaranteed protections under objective law, also in terms of future generations.

This presentation and subsequent discussion was followed by information on innovations in German law, presented by Dr. Stefan Pürner, Head of "South East Europe I" at the IRZ, which includes the participating countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Dr. Pürner also referred to sources on the Internet that detailed the innovations in German law. These are also available outside Germany to enable participants themselves to pursue the topics addressed.

The event therefore once again offered the opportunity to learn more about current developments in German law, to use German legal terminology actively and passively, and to train key qualifications for legal processes and transactions between the countries of origin of the participants and Germany in the context of Euro