Online conference on “Insurance medicine: legal issues in theory and in practice during the pandemic”

Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ
Russian Federation

On 18 June 2020, the IRZ supported a scientific and practical online conference on “Insurance medicine: legal issues in theory and in practice during the pandemic”. The conference was attended by around sixty people and was organised and led by the Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation (Izhevsk branch). It was aimed at the following target groups:

  • scientists,
  • practitioners in criminal and civil law and in public law,
  • medical professionals and
  • students.

The lectures given by the speakers were all of a high level. They included a contribution from the Deputy Minister of Health for the Republic of Udmurtia. The IRZ expert taking part was Markus Schlüter, Presiding Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Dresden. He gave a lecture on “Covid-19 and the German Protection against Infection Act”. As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, on 27 March 2020 the “Law for the protection of the population in an epidemic situation of national scope” was published in the Bundesgesetzblatt (Federal Law Gazette). With this law, § 5a of the Protection against Infection Act (IfSG), governing the exercise of professional duties by medical care staff, was also implemented. Markus Schlüter explained, however, that this paragraph could lead to problems in medical law. He was referring, for example, to the issue of which standard of care should apply for a given treatment or whether medical staff should be liable if they wrongly assess their level of expertise.

The Russian speakers gave lectures on the following topics, amongst others:

  • the application of criminal law in the event of violations of the pandemic law
  • Issues concerning legal health insurance in connection with Covid-19
  • Cybercrime during the pandemic
  • Combating fake news
  • Experiences of Covid-19 in other countries

Even though a conference in digital format can be no replacement for meeting in person, especially in an international context, the discussions were still lively. Questions were passed on in writing to the moderator before being answered by the speakers. The conference shed light on the current status of the fight against the pandemic and made the most of the opportunity to maintain contact between academics in these exceptional times.

International Conference on the “Digitalisation of the Law and legal Transformation in the digital Age” held in Moscow

Graphics: IRZ
Graphics: IRZ
Russian Federation

On 25 June 2020, the IRZ took part in an international scientific and practical online conference on “Digitalisation of the Law and legal Transformation in the digital Age”. The conference was aimed at around sixty legal experts, mainly from the Russian Federation, as well as a few representatives from Belarus and Kazakhstan. The conference, with its extensive programme of lectures, was hosted by the Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation and opened by the Deputy Minister of Justice for the Russian Federation, Maksim Beskhmelnizyn. The agenda for the plenary session and two round table meetings included the following topics and lectures:

  • Current issues concerning the digitalisation of Russian law
  • Developing the constitutional foundations for information law and the legal framework for information security: the vectors of scientific research
  • The main orientations of the digital transformation of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation
  • The development of a digital statute book for the Russian Federation, based on the Ministry of Justice’s system for legal information

Acting as an IRZ expert, judge Christian Schmitz-Justen, Vice-President of the Higher Regional Court of Cologne, spoke about “Modern Workplaces in the Justice System”. He outlined electronic law in Germany, electronic support for legal work and the introduction of digital speech recognition in the German justice system. He also took part in the round table discussions on “Legal Transformation in the digital Reality”. His insights into German digitalisation strategies were met with a great deal of interest from the participants in the conference.

During the course of the discussions on the topics covered by the conference, the participants also made many science-based proposals for optimising the law in the age of the information society. They talked about how the digitalisation of the law could be developed further and how a uniform justice system could be achieved in Russia and the CIS states. They argued in favour of establishing an electronic set of laws. They also pointed out that guidelines for digitalisation were also needed in the areas of the economy, the administration of state and local authorities and in research and education.

The conference was met with such great interest by all those involved that IRZ would also like to take part in subsequent similar events with German experts.

Study trip to Germany on “Identity and mobility – the legal framework for preserving and modernising cultural heritage through changing times”

The Russian delegation at the HERITAGE-PRO initiative in Mainz
The Russian delegation at the HERITAGE-PRO initiative in Mainz
Russian Federation

During the first week of December 2019, community experts from the Russian Federation visited community institutions in several federal states of Germany. The study visit was organised jointly by the IRZ, the Kudrin Foundation for the Support of Civic Initiatives (KGI) and the European Club of Experts in Local Self-Government. The subject of the study trip was “Identity and mobility – the legal framework for preserving and modernising cultural heritage through changing times”. The participants were brought together by the reform project “Urban map of Russia: areas of growth”, which aims to increase the quality of local self-government in the Russian Federation and enhance the potential for civic participation.

In order to develop a concept for these reforms, the experts travelled to various states of Germany to learn about municipal administration. During the week of 2 to 6 December, they visited institutions in various German cities:

Aachen:

  • EUREGIO Aachen on the work of the Rhineland association and on the principles and development of the preservation of monuments in Germany
  • Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb (BLB) Aachen (a construction and real estate management authority) on reconciling the preservation of monuments with urban development and on BLB projects in the city
  • ILS Dortmund, a group specialising in the preservation of urban historical monuments as a basis for future city development
  • A meeting with the junior professor, Prof. Dr. Carola Neugebauer, from the Institute for the preservation of cultural heritage (RWTH Aachen) on the status of research on urban redevelopment

Trier:

  • Department for Construction, Environment and Preservation of Monuments of the City of Trier on the work of the preservation department and urban planning

Mainz:

  • Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Heritage commission on the position and work of the commission, the identification and mapping of monuments and publicity work
  • HERITAGE-PRO initiative on their approaches and strategies for the development of a teaching programme for interdisciplinary cooperation in the preservation of cultural heritage

Braubach:

  • Zweckverband Oberes Mittelrheintal (joint board of the Upper and Middle Rhine Valley) on the working methods of the association and its legal and organisational status

Koblenz:

  • Görlitz foundation for the Florinsmarkt project in Koblenz
  • Rhine/Mosel/Lahn regional federation of the Rhine association for civic involvement in the preservation of monuments in Koblenz

Frankfurt am Main:

  • Planning and Construction department at the Goethe University in Frankfurt on the Campus Westend project
  • Urban Planning office on reconciling the preservation of monuments with modernisation
The participants showed a lot of interest throughout the visit in the work of the various institutions and in the possibilities of integrating their working methods in the Russian administration system. They asked a lot of questions on comparative law issues, targeting the development and incorporation of specific working processes in their own institutions. The Russian guests were particularly interested in the potential for collaboration between the various parties involved.