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The Third Fall School on European Law was launched

The Third Fall School on European Law is organized for the third time already. Today, His Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany in Armenia Mr. Matthias Kiesler delivered an opening speech in Aghveran.

“Human rights protection is one of the pillars of German foreign policy. Constitutional reforms are not for the transfer from semi-presidential to the parliamentary model. They are also for implementation of a number of fundamental rights in the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia. I have heard that the new draft Constitution contains a large number of the fundamental rights. Therefore it is really important that you deal with the provisions of human rights,” said the Ambassador.

“The values of European Law, including the protection of human rights, the rule of law, an independent judiciary and a number of other important legal values, today are of particular importance for the development of our country – the Republic of Armenia.” Mr. Karen Zadoyan, President of AYLA, and Head of Board of Trustees of the Law Foundation of Armenia said in his opening speech.

“And in this sense, the theme of this year’s Falls School on European Law are the protection of human rights, a theme which is really actual today,” Mr. Zadoyan noted.

He wished the participants of the Fall School a fruitful and productive work. “I urge you to show a responsible, conscientious, and diligent approach to the school and its objectives and try to get maximum of new knowledge, skills, information and experience,” the AYLA President said.

Mr. Maike Ruhlig IRZ Project Manager delivered an opening speech as well. Later, in the interview withIravaban.net he said that he attaches importance to work with the young lawyers, who will shape the future of our country.

“It is due to mention the circumstance that today, just after the first lecture there were a lot of questions, which showed that the event was really interesting for the students and that they had come here led by their interest.”

As we have already said this is the third Fall School on European Law. Advocate Marat Atovmyan, Member of the AYLA Board, who delivered a lecture on the Protection of Human Rights in Europe, later referred to this and said, “The role of the school is invaluable. Participants get an opportunity to listen to the Armenian and German experts, learn about different viewpoints. In addition it has an interactive component: there are also visits to the cultural centers, sports and games. The organizers tried to combine the professional and cultural aspects.”

The Fall Scholl will last 5 days, till 2 October. The German lecturers will teach the European law.

Today, Dr. Otto Mallmann, retired Presiding Judge at the Federal Administrative Court, Germany delivered a lecture on “The Implication of the European Convention for Human Rights for National Courts.”

“I shall try to share my experience and knowledge with the young participants. It is also very important for me to know what do the young lawyers think and what kind of opinion in general has been established in Armenia?” Mr. Mallmann said later.

Among the participants of the school, in addition to the students, there are also young lawyers, advocates and even teachers. Ms Narine Petrosyan teaches history and jurisprudence at school. “One must always strive for more. Our pupils study international law which includes the European law as well,” she said.

Mr. Hayk Barsegyan works in the staff of the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia. He is going to apply the knowledge in his sphere. “Fall school is a platform for raising all the issues that relate to human rights. It is also a platform to introduce European values that our country are not regulated to that extent or do not exist at all,” he said.

Organizers of the Falls School on European Law are:

German Fund for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), The Law Foundation of Armenia, Armenian Young Lawyers Association Non-Governmental Organization.

For more information on Summer School 2013 please visit here.

Information on the on Summer School 2014 is available here.