Participants in the conference with the German expert Markus Schlüter (3rd from right) and Dirk Benkendorff (to his left)
Participants in the conference with the German expert Markus Schlüter (3rd from right) and Dirk Benkendorff (to his left)

This year the IRZ continued the cooperation with its long-standing partner, the Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, and organised the international scientific-practical conference on “Current regulatory problems in healthcare: theory and practice” in Izhevsk on 18 April 2019.

The conference addressed the following target groups:

  • Representatives of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Udmurtia;
  • employees of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation;
  • employees of the Izhevsk branch of the Law Academy and
  • senior doctors.

The German speakers were Markus Schlüter, Presiding Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Dresden, and Deputy Secretary Dirk Benkendorff, Head of Division of “Fire Protection, Rescue Service and Disaster Management“ in the Saxonian State Ministry of the Interior. Markus Schlüter covered the civil-law aspects of the topic and gave a lecture on „Doctors in court – topical issues of liability for medical malpractice in Germany under civil law“. Medical liability under criminal law was explained by Dirk Benkendorff in his lecture on “Criminal law for the medical profession and rescue service in Germany”.

The participants had a lively exchange during the conference. The Russian doctors were very interested in the interpretation of legal terms and in further legal training events. For the German experts, it was interesting to learn that the Law Academy in Izhevsk offers an additional qualification for doctors in the law on liability for medical malpractice. Back in Germany, they want to check whether there is also a need for further legal training for emergency doctors in the Free State of Saxony and how such training could be put into practice. The Russian side also announced that some ideas gained from the lectures of the German experts will be included in upcoming legislative proposals.