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Transformation Lawyers, Legal Dialogue for Legal Transformation, Regional Academy, 20 February - 9 March 2017, Berlin, Germany

Publish Date: Oct 14, 2016

Deadline: Nov 07, 2016


Since 2001, the German government’s Caucasus Initiative has promoted cross-border cooperation between the South Caucasus countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. In 2015, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is sponsoring a regional academy for the 6th time.

The Regional Academy aims to create a scientific and practice-oriented atmosphere which will facilitate a professional dialogue and intensive exchange of information among the participants. All courses are taught in English.

Up to a total of 25 participants from all three countries will engage in a legal dialogue on legal transformation in the South Caucasus and will intensifiy their legal knowledge and legal practice skills.

In recent years, the regional academy was held at the beginning of the year and was called “Winter Academy”.
As this year’s academy will take place in summer and is intended to be independent of seasons, GIZ decided to call it “Regional Academy” from now on.


The topics covered in the Regional Academy are diverse and will include:

  • civil law versus case law,
  • skills training in legal methodology,
  • a platform for discussions about legal fundamentals of
    political science and rule of law,
  • intensive training in selected fields of European, public
    and private law (e.g. company law and competition law),
  • practical communication and presentation skills,
  • negotiation techniques and leadership skills,
  • cross-cutting topics, e.g. anti-corruption and gender.

The work on legal challenges and issues relevant to all three countries will create an international professional network within the South Caucasus and with links to Germany.

The practice-oriented training and international experience gained at the Regional Academy make the participants valuable
cooperation partners for GIZ and its future legal and judicial reform activities. While introducing their new competencies in their daily work, the participants will play an important role in advancing legal and judicial reforms in their home countries.

How to apply?

A complete application encompasses:

  • the application form (see at "Further official information" below this article.),
  • A motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) to explain your interest in the Regional Academy and your specific motives for participating in a regional event.

Both documents need to be submitted in English language to by 29 March 2015.

Please note that all applications submitted by the deadline will be carefully reviewed. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. We kindly ask you not to contact us during the selection process as you will be notified of our decision by e-mail in due time.

Target group

The Regional Academy is targeted at lawyers from the South Caucasus with the following profile:

  • completed university degree in law,
  • at least two years work experience in Armenia, Azerbaijan or Georgia,
  • involvement in legal and judicial reforms in the area of civil, commercial or administrative law (Civil Society, Public or Private sector)
  • between 24 and 35 years of age,
  • interested in foreign law concepts,
  • very good knowledge of the English language.

Contact and further information on the Regional Academy:

GIZ Programme “Legal Approximation towards European Standards in the South Caucasus”

Your host

The Hertie School of Governance was founded in 2003 by the Hertie Foundation, which remains its major partner. An interdisciplinary focus and policy orientation distinguish the Hertie School’s research agenda. Internationally recognized academics make up the core faculty.

The School is situated in the heart of Berlin, a stone’s throw from the city’s most beautiful square, the Gendarmenmarkt.
Just minutes from the German Parliament, various federal ministries, political representations, media organizations and research institutes, the Hertie School has its finger firmly on the pulse of the latest developments in public policy, governance and academia.

The Hertie School organizes the Regional Academy in collaboration with the Bucerius Law School.

Hertie School of Governance

Friedrichstraße 180
10117 Berlin (Germany)

To APPLY click "Further official information" below and fill the application form.

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