26. September 2014 - Zagreb

Symposium in the residence of the German Ambassador in Zagreb

The German-Croatian Lawyers’ Association (DKJV) celebrated a little anniversary at this year’s Symposium in Zagreb. In cooperation with the German Embassy, the fifth symposium took place in the German Ambassador’s residence on September 26th, 2014.

The DKJV was founded in 1996 and counts amongst its members lawyers, scientists, administration and justice civil servants as well as trainee lawyers and students from Germany and Croatia. The association’s activities aim to further the understanding between legal experts from both countries. Especially in view of Croatia’s EU entry, new perspectives opened for the DKJV relating to the many European law references in the national legislation.

This year too, lawyers, judges, students and other interested persons from Germany and Croatia took part in the symposium. Ambassador Hans Peter Annen opened the session by warmly welcoming the participants. He especially pointed out the importance of the exchange between legal experts from both countries. Pavo Djedović, Tax Consultant and Auditor from the tax consultant firm of LeitnerLeitner in Zagreb, impressively spoke about the experiences his German clients had, upon entering the Croatian market. Professor Mario Vukelić, President of the Supreme Commercial Court of Croatia then presented the revised organisation of the commercial courts in Croatia, and provided insights into the procedures at Croatian courts for the German legal experts. Notably, with practice-oriented examples, lawyer Ms. Vlatka Cikač, explained legal problems that arise from real estate transactions by foreigners in Croatia. In the last presentation, law student Ana Kutleša, spoke about the so-called Gotovina proceedings before the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia and clearly illustrated the legal problems of the proceedings.

Stimulating discussions followed each presentation. A joint dinner in a Zagreb Restaurant was a nice ending to the event. The participants and the organisers agreed, that the tradition should be continued and that also next year, together with the German Embassy, the symposium will take place in Zagreb.