The German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), University of Sarajevo, UNSA Faculty of Law, and the Bosnian-German Bar Association organized the 7th Day of German Law event. The event took place in the UNSA Ceremonial Hall on Friday, 11 December 2015.
Welcome addresses that opened event were delivered by UNSA Rector, Prof. Dr. Muharem Avdispahic, HonDSc and H. E. Dr. Christian Hellbach, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In his welcome address Rector Prof. Dr. Muharem Avdispahic noted that the study of German and European law and the study of the legal systems in the countries of the region has huge importance for the progress of societies in those aforesaid countries. Rector Avdispahic also pointed out that Bosnia and Herzegovina has been in European legal tradition since 1878. Rector Avdispahic recalled that the Human Rights Center is established at the UNSA, which was originally composed of representatives of the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Political Sciences and Faculty of Criminology from the University of Sarajevo, BH Ombudsmen, the Helsinki Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the European Training and Research Center of the University of Graz, the Office of the High Representative, the Office of the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the OSCE Mission to BiH. He also noted that the European Studies program was introduced at the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies in Sarajevo in 2000, in collaboration with the London School of Economics, University of Bologna and the University of Sussex.
When pointing out the importance of the event held today, H.E. Dr. Christian Hellbach said that it was particularly important for cooperation among legal professionals.
On behalf of the UNSA Faculty of Law, Vice-Dean for International Cooperation, Prof. Dr. Meliha Povlakic delivered an address, whilst on behalf of the IRZ Foundation Dr. Stefan Purner did the same.
Prof. Dr. Povlakic stated that each year in cooperation with one of the law Faculties in BiH the IRZ organizes the day of German law in BiH, and that it is always an opportunity to exchange views, ideas and information.
On behalf of the IRZ Foundation dr. Stefan Purner said that the goal was to make the communication between experts and facilitate their future work.
“We are members of the same legal family. Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina and neighboring countries are different, although we things cannot copy some things, we can exchange opinions” said Dr. Purner.
This event is in line with the current concept including the presentation by local, regional and German experts that had for the main topic German law, European law and the importance of the German and European law for the BH law and region. The special attention was paid to issues of civil and criminal law. Also at the event, the Neue Juristische Umschau - Zeitschrift für einheimisches, europäisches und deutsches Recht magazine was presented, as well as the previous editions.