Stefan Sawatzki of Gesamtverband der deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft (German Insurance Association GDV) during his presentation on insurance regulation law; Professor Pierpaolo Marano, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan (Italy) (from left to right)Stefan Sawatzki of Gesamtverband der deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft (German Insurance Association GDV) during his presentation on insurance regulation law; Professor Pierpaolo Marano, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan (Italy) (from left to right)

Headlined "Insurance Law, Governance and Transparency: Fundamental Principles of Legal Certainty", an international conference took place in Palic, Serbia, from 17 to 19 April 2015, organised by the Association for Insurance Law of Serbia, the Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V. (German Insurance Association GDV) and the IRZ.

Almost eighty law professionals held lively discussions in five panels about the different kinds of insurance contracts and issues of insurance regulation. Here it became particularly clear that private and public law influence each other in many different ways, especially with regard to insurance law.

The conference participants were mostly from Serbia and other states in the region (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia) and Turkey, but also from the EU Member States: Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Comparative law issues played a major role given the international participants. The conference focused on German insurance contract law, which was available to participants in a Bosnian-Croat-Serbian translation including an introduction, published by the IRZ. This and the fact that the presentations given at the conference are also issued in the publications series of the Association for Insurance Law of Serbia make this event particularly sustainable.

The conference was opened by Professor Jovan Slavnic, Honorary President of the Association of Insurance Law of Serbia, the Serbian AIDA section (Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances – International Association for Insurance Law). He pointed out that the good cooperation with the GDV and IRZ had existed for a long time and had developed constantly over the years. He also stated that dealing in-depth with German insurance contract law in Serbia would also be of great benefit because there was a discussion going on about a comprehensive recodification of the entire law of obligations and contract law. This, he continued, was taking place within the project for the creation of a uniform code of private law.

German law as a "law of orientation" was also emphasised insofar as Germany accounted for the second largest group of contributors after the host country Serbia.