May 25, 2019

NRW at German Week in St Petersburg

Wednesday, 10 April 2019, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation: NRW State Secretary for Justice Dirk Wedel partook at the “German week” and paid a visit to several justice institutions in Russia. 

North Rhine-Westphalia is the partner land from this year’s sixteenth edition of the German Week that is arranged by the German General Consulate in Saint Petersburg to further promote the exchanges in the fields of culture, economy, and civil society. 

State Secretary Wedel was a speaker during his time in Russia at the opening of the “Day of Justice”, which focused on expert discussions about mediation processes to settle disputes in and out of court. State Secretary Wedel compared the framework to the the situation in global conflicts, which could likewise be benefited by mediation processes. 

State Secretary Wedel and his delegation visited two regional courts as well as the Constitutional Court of Sankt Petersburg, and were received by top Russian judges, who explained the Russian justice system as well as possibilities for the citizenry to directly bring forth cases to the constitutional court. In the latter respect State Secretary Wedel highlighted the newly created legal process that allows for citizens in NRW to individually appeal to the regional constitutional court with seat in Münster. 

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