SEZ supports exchange between African and Baden-Württemberg lawyers

Exchange and mutual change of perspective are the focus of the project. The purpose of the stay is to get to know the justice systems of the countries involved better and to enable all participants to have a professional and practical exchange. Visits to the district courts in Stuttgart and Esslingen as well as to hearings in criminal and family matters provide an insight into the everyday life of German jurisprudence. The tasks and work of the Federal Court of Justice and the Federal Constitutional Court are the focus of a one-day stay in Karlsruhe. Meetings with Minister of State Theresa Schopper and the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Justice Guido Wolf are also an important part of the visit program.

“The partnership with Africa includes more than just economic relationships, we learn a lot from our partners in the south,” says Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ). “With the exchange of lawyers, Baden-Württemberg is helping to promote sustainable development and to give all people access to justice and to build an effective legal system at all levels, as required by Goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda.” The SEZ is the project sponsor of the legal exchange, which is financed by the Baden-Württemberg State Ministry and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Justice and Europe.

At the end of the week-long stay, the lawyers from Africa will take part in the 46th annual conference of the Society for African Law e.V. in Stuttgart. The title of this year’s event is “Judiciary, Public Administration and Rule of Law in Africa”. The African participants will talk about various aspects of the justice system and challenges for the judicial authorities in their countries.


Background to the SEZ

The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) wants to sensitize the population of Baden-Württemberg for globally responsible action and show how everyone can do something for a fairer world. The main topics are fair trade, partnerships between people in Baden-Württemberg and people in the countries of the global south, global learning and responsible corporate management (CSR).


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