Events

2017

  • A delegation from the Supreme Administrative Court of Poland visited the Federal Administrative Court in September 2017. The visit was used to discuss topical issues within administrative law and administrative procedure law. Work meetings between the two courts are organised every two years.

  • The Leipziger Dialog was held at the Federal Administrative Court for the first time in May 2017. It was attended by more than 300 administrative court judges from throughout Germany. Current legal issues were addressed in nine discussion forums. The Leipziger Dialog is used for discussions among colleagues without reference to specific cases. There are plans to repeat the event every three to four years. The Leipziger Dialog is organised jointly by the Federal Administrative Court and the Association of Administrative Court Judges in Germany (BDVR).

  • A delegation from the Federal Administrative Court visited the French Conseil d’État in April 2017. The Conseil d’État is supreme administrative court and advisory body to the French government at the same time. The two sides shared thoughts on issues of administrative law in talks and discussions. Specifically they addressed the laws on foreign nationals and asylum seekers, summary proceedings and the use of information technology in the judiciary. Work meetings between the two courts are organised every two years.

2016

  • In September 2016 members of the supreme administrative courts of Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland visited the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig. The discussions covered the topic religion and schools as well as questions of asylum law.

  • A delegation from the Curia of Hungary visited the Federal Administrative Court in June 2016. The Curia is the supreme judicial authority for disputes of a non-constitutional nature. The two sides discussed four topical issues from within administrative law.

  • German Federal President Joachim Gauck visited the Federal Administrative Court in May 2016. Besides attending expert discussions and taking part in a tour of the building, he also addressed judges and staff members of the court in the Great Courtroom. In his speech, he stressed the importance of administrative courts for a liberal state governed by the rule of law.

  • Donna Scheeder, President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), visited the Federal Administrative Court in March 2016. She discussed digital access to legal information with President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert. Domiciled in Den Haag, the IFLA is the umbrella organisation for national library associations and national libraries. It has approximately 1,500 members in 150 states. The information services at the Federal Administrative Court contribute to IFLA projects through membership in the German Association of Libraries (DBV).

2015

  • A delegation from the Federal Administrative Court visited the Supreme Administrative Court in Warsaw for the first time in November 2015. The visit was used to discuss issues of administrative law and administrative procedure law. It also laid the foundation for future collaboration. The Courts agreed to meet again every two years and to organise working visits for judges.

  • The German translation of the ReNEUAL draft of model rules for European administrative law was presented in the Federal Administrative Court in November 2015. This draft presents the quintessential aspects of the various national systems of procedural law. It is a prime example of how national legal orders contribute to European law. The draft was prepared by experts from academia and practice in numerous European states. The Federal Administrative Court supports the project. There are plans to address the ReNEUAL project in two seminars during the German presidency of ACA Europe.

  • The Federal Court of Justice and the Federal Administrative Court held a symposium in October 2015 to mark 120 years since the construction of the Federal Administrative Court building. The event was opened by Dr Stefanie Hubig, State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Dieter Grimm, retired judge of the Federal Constitutional Court, held the ceremonial address. The symposium touched on both structural and architectural questions and analysed the jurisprudence of the Imperial Court of Justice in more detail.

  • 4th July

    Visitors were invited to tour the court building and learn more about the Court’s work during Open Day in July 2015. Open Day was the Court’s contribution to the festivities marking the 1000th anniversary of Leipzig. Visitors thronged the building. The programme included information on the Court’s competencies and methods. Children were invited to take part in a role-play trial. The architecture and the building itself were also explained. The Court organised tours of the library and provided information on its training programmes. Last but not least, President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert personally welcomed the visitors in his historical office.

  • A delegation from the French Council of State visited the Federal Administrative Court in April 2015. The delegation was led by Conseil d’État Vice President Jean-Marc Sauvé.Discussions of the different legal systems in four specialist topics dominated the visit: democratic legitimisation and court oversight of independent agencies, judicial remedies in environmental law, freedom of religion and public participation in major projects.Work meetings of this kind have been held alternately in Paris and Leipzig since 2009. They enable collegial discussion of judicial procedures in topics that are of equal interest on either side of the Rhine.President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert and his counterpart Jean-Marc Sauvé agreed to strengthen cooperation by launching a joint project: Important decisions by the Courts and summary essays will be translated and published in an academic journal in the respective other country. Partners in the project are Revue française de droit administratif and Neue Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsrecht.