Working visit of the Ukrainian Appellate Administrative Court of the Supreme Court at the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig: President of the Federal Administrative Court, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert (centre), and President of the Appellate Administrative Court, Mykhailo Smokovych (to his left).
Working visit of the Ukrainian Appellate Administrative Court of the Supreme Court at the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig: President of the Federal Administrative Court, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert (centre), and President of the Appellate Administrative Court, Mykhailo Smokovych (to his left).
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On 5 and 6 December 2018 a delegation of the Ukrainian Appellate Administrative Court at the Supreme Court visited the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig. Its President, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert, welcomed his Ukrainian colleague Mykhailo Smokovych and eight other judges of the Appellate Administrative Court at the opening of the two-day expert meeting which the guests from Kiev held with the Presiding Judge at the Federal Administrative Court, Prof. Dr. Ingo Kraft, and the Judge at the Federal Administrative Court, Martin Steinkühler. The professional exchange between the German and Ukrainian Administrative Court judges focused on the role of an appellate court and how it works, the procedural law applicable to it as well as an effective and adequate case processing. They also discussed the role and the importance of the Federal Administrative Court as a court of first instance e.g. in major public infrastructure planning procedures.

The Ukrainian delegation had previously met the President of the Administrative Court of Mainz, Dr. Bettina Freimund-Holler, and her Vice-President, Dr. Christof Berthold, for two days of discussions in Mainz. The guests from Ukraine had also attended two hearings at the Administrative Court there. Before the hearings, the President and the Vice-President of the Higher Administrative Court of Rhineland-Palatinate, Dr. Lars Brocker and Dagmar Wünsch, as well as Dr. Stefan Hülshörster, Managing Director of the IRZ, had welcomed the delegation and introduced the professional part of the visit.

With its independent administrative jurisdiction established as early as in 2005, Ukraine plays a pioneering role among the East European states in this branch of courts which is of particular importance for developing the rule of law. Thus, administrative jurisdiction is in the focus of the IRZ’s cooperation with its Ukrainian partners.

In addition, the IRZ has been advising Ukraine for some years on the development of a – long expected – administrative procedure act, which has not yet been adopted. The Ukrainian Ministry of Justice has revived a working group to discuss the draft in partnership with the IRZ again, and the Verhovna Rada will hopefully adopt it soon.