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From 3 to 7 June 2019, the IRZ, together with the Philipps-Universität of Marburg and the Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation, organised a study visit on medical law to Marburg and Bonn. Taking part in the visit were Russian doctors, leading academics in the field of medical law and representatives of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. The delegation also included the First Deputy Minister of Health for the Republic of Udmurtia.
German representatives at the event included people from the universities of Marburg and Mainz and from the university hospitals of Frankfurt am Main, Marburg and Gießen and representatives from the Public Prosecutor’s Office and from the North German arbitration body for medical liability issues.
The study visit began in Marburg, offering a platform for the Russian and German participants to discuss their latest theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of medical law. The contributions from the Russian and German speakers revealed a very high level of expertise. On the German side, the focus of the lectures was on the following areas:
The criminal and professional consequences of medical negligence,
offences involving bodily harm and homicide in medical law,
how medical negligence is handled in a hospital legal department and
the practice of the compensation process.
The Russian experts focussed on criminal investigations for doctors and the perspectives for the development of medical liability in the Russian Federation. After the lectures, the participants discussed four practical case examples from Germany and Russia. The expert discussions revealed new perspectives on all sides and enhanced the participants’ professional knowledge of medical law.
On the last day of the study visit, the Russian delegation travelled to Bonn for expert talks at the Federal Ministry of Health, followed by a visit to the IRZ for a lecture on the subject of palliative care in Germany. Here, subjects including patients’ instructions and the financing of hospices were discussed. The study visit was a great success, enabling a fruitful interdisciplinary dialogue between doctors and law professionals, as well as an exchange of experiences between the two countries.
As in previous years, the IRZ was also represented at the IX Legal Forum in St. Petersburg, which took place from 14 to 18 May 2019. Taking part in the event were some 5,000 representatives from 95 countries, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Spain and Portugal.
The following international organisations were involved in the IX Legal Forum:
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL),
International Court of Justice,
World Trade Organisation (WTO),
European Council and
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Once again this year, the Legal Forum dealt with the question of how the globalisation of the economy and the modernisation of the law can be reconciled with one another. This is predominantly about finding standardised legal solutions for the problems arising as a result of globalisation. Within this range of topics, the main focus of the event was on the development of modern law studies and legal training in the Russian Federation, as well as in other countries. Another important topic was the modernisation of Russian law and its alignment with global standards of legal protection, with the objective of including the best application of the law from foreign legislation and thereby protecting the interests of all parties in a legal relationship, e.g. companies, foreign investors and originators.
More than seventy individual events covered these and other current legal issues.
Representing the IRZ were Karin Friehe, a Presiding Judge at the German Federal Patent Court, and Matthias Schmid, Head of Section at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, who participated in a round table discussion on “Right on information distribution: public vs. private”. At this event, the problems of integrating digital technologies in various spheres of human life were discussed from a legal point of view, in particular the way software companies and social network providers deal with user data. The discussions covered the terms and conditions for using user data for software products, who owns this information and whether this user data is subject to intellectual property. How users can protect their personal data on the Internet was also discussed. During the round table, representatives from Russian and foreign courts, Russian Ministers and Information Technology companies exchanged their points of view and tried to formulate a common position on this key issue.
From 5 to 7 December 2018, the IRZ organised a study visit for a high-ranking delegation from the Russian Federation (RF) to Hamburg. On the Russian side, the visit was organised by the RF Association of Lawyers, which invited high-ranking representatives from various organisations and authorities in the RF to discuss the subjects of the insolvency of legal entities, tax law and intellectual property with their German colleagues. The delegation was led by Sabir Kekhlerov, advisor to the Prosecutor General, former representative of the Prosecutor General for the RF and a member of the President’s Council for the Russian Federation for the codification and perfection of legislation on civil law.
To begin their visit, the delegation was welcomed to the Hamburg Rathaus (city hall) by Hamburg’s Finance Minister Dr. Andreas Dressel. German speakers then went on to explain the subjects “Taxation issues in standard insolvency proceedings” and the “Fight against corruption”:
Melf Christian Volquardsen, Head of General Fiscal Law, levying;
Michael Jahn, Consultant in levying and enforcement and
Hans Randl, Deputy Director, Hamburg services and organisation.
Within the framework of this visit, two representatives from the Federal Tax Service for the RF took the opportunity to give presentations on dealing with tax liabilities and the latest developments in tax administration in the RF.
At the Regional Court of Hamburg, the group was welcomed by its President, Dr. Marc Tully, who presented an overview of the role of the Regional Court together with Heike Hummelmeier and Malte Hansen, both Presiding Judges at the Regional Court, and then went on to explain the possibility of international commercial criminal cases being processed in English at the Regional Court of Hamburg.
Dr. Holger Schatz, Head of Law Enforcement and Law, welcomed the delegation to the judicial authority in Hamburg. Afterwards, Regional Court Judge Dr. Axel Herchen, Head of the Insolvency Court in Hamburg, and Dieter Gerichhausen, Judicial Officer and Head of Department at the Insolvency Court, led expert discussions on selected issues of insolvency law with the delegation members.
At the meeting at the Hanseatic Bar Association, the participants were welcomed by its President Dr. Christian Lemke. Following an overview of the role of the Bar Association, the delegation members were able to discuss legal training in Germany and intellectual property with the attending speakers, lawyers Tatjana Baki, Dr. Rolf-Eckart Schultz-Süchting and Dr. Thorsten Klinger.
Following a welcome speech by Prosecutor General Dr. Jörg Fröhlich, and an overview of the work of public prosecutor’s offices in Hamburg, Public Prosecutor John Oliver Strutz and government official Alfred Knütter gave a lecture on criminal investigations of legal entities in the course of insolvency cases.
At the last stop of the visit at the Gerichtsvollzieherverband Hamburg e.V. (Association of Court Bailiffs), the Russian guests discussed the activity of court bailiffs with Senior Court Bailiff Jonny Krautwurst, who is also Chairman of the Association, and his colleague Wilkowsky, Managing Director of the Association of Court Bailiffs. The members of the delegation showed a great deal of interest in the explanations and discussions with their German colleagues, which was also reflected in the many questions they asked their German counterparts.
The successful German-Russian dialogue is set to continue in the same format.