SEZ organizes exchanges of lawyers

German and East African lawyers will meet in Baden-Württemberg from November 5th to 12th, 2017. They exchange ideas and educate themselves.

The lawyers from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania are given a tandem partner to support them and accompany them at work for a week. This contributes to a direct and professional exchange and ensures a better understanding of each other's justice system. They also attend several hearings at the Higher Regional Court and visit the State Criminal Police Office, the correctional facility in Stammheim and an auditing firm. All guests will also be part of an evening event with Ministerial Director Elmar Steinbacher and recognized experts on the subject of international law. At the end of their visit, the lawyers from East Africa will take part in the annual conference of the Society for African Law on November 10th and 11th, 2017 in Freiburg.

Guests in Stuttgart are the lawyer Elisabeth Swai Simon from Tanzania, Alexis Manirakiza from Burundi, who is currently working in Antwerp, Claude Mwanza from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Jean-Claude Nsengiyumva from Rwanda. 

They form tandems with prosecutor Melanie Rischke from Stuttgart, Dr. Silke Benner, presiding judge at the Stuttgart Regional Court, Verena Alexander, judge at the Stuttgart Regional Court and Evelyn Oltmanns, presiding judge at the Stuttgart Regional Court.

The aim of the project is a professional exchange about the essential requirements for an independent and efficient judiciary. Through the exchange and the associated change of perspective, the lawyers from Africa and Germany can further develop their horizons of experience with the respective other system. The aim is also to create a partnership and professional network that simplifies the exchange of information and experiences.

Partners are the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Society for African Law e. V., the law firm Hamann Rechtsanwälte, the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute Freiburg, the city of Freiburg, the State Ministry of Baden-Württemberg and the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court.

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