International scientific-practical conference on “Current regulatory problems in healthcare: theory and practise“ in Izhevsk

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.

High-ranking Russian delegation visits Hamburg to learn about the insolvency of legal entities, tax law and intellectual property

Discussions with representatives of the Hanseatic Bar Association:  Sabir Kekhlerov (head end, centre), 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
Discussions with representatives of the Hanseatic Bar Association: Sabir Kekhlerov (head end, centre), 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
Russian Federation

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.

5th International Forum of the Union of Russian Cities on Best Practices in Local Self-Government

The IRZ expert, Jürgen Roters, a lawyer and former mayor of the city of Cologne
The IRZ expert, Jürgen Roters, a lawyer and former mayor of the city of Cologne

From 10 to 12 April 2018, the fifth International Forum on Best Practices in Local Self-Government was held in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The main organiser of the Forum was the Union of Russian Cities. The event was supported by the government of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and by the Bishkek city council.

The event served as a platform for the exchange of established practices in local self-government and brought together high-ranking Russian personalities from local self-government, as well as international participants from other countries, including China, Turkey, Finland, Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, the USA and Germany. The IRZ, supported by an institutional grant from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, was represented by Jürgen Roters, a lawyer and former mayor of the city of Cologne.

The official opening was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, Dair Kenekeev, the mayor of Bishkek, Albek Ibraimov, and the chairperson of the Bishkek city council (Kenesch), Almas Kenenbaev.

Many different workshops were held during the event, covering local self-government subjects including:

  • economy,
  • finance,
  • interbudgetary relations,
  • investments and the investment climate,
  • social policy,
  • migration,
  • ecology and
  • international relations.

In his first lecture on “Investments and the investment climate”, IRZ expert Jürgen Roters talked about the great need for investment in building and renewing infrastructure and presented public-private partnerships as a model for the future.

In his second lecture, Jürgen Roters talked about the subject of “climate change”, starting with a general presentation of the causes and consequences of climate change and then introducing the city of Cologne’s projects on energy efficiency and saving energy. He also presented the “GrowSmarter” EU project, which has been awarded to the city of Cologne in close cooperation with other partners.

As these lectures were met with great interest by the participants and event organisers alike, further events on local self-government are being planned with the Russian partners with the participation of Jürgen Roters.