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Legal Development in Countries in Transition

There is a close cooperation between the Law Department and Turkish universities in rule of law projects.

There is a close cooperation between the Law Department and Turkish universities in rule of law projects.
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The Department of Law at Freie Universität Berlin makes an important contribution to the development of law in countries in transition. For example, scholars from the Institute for German and European Business, Competition and Regulatory Law discuss Russian legislation with colleagues from Russian universities and academies during the process of amending the Russian law of obligations.

Scholars from the Department of Law also have an indirect influence on the development of law and on legal culture in countries in transition by conveying German legal knowledge and principles of national governance based on the rule of law.

  • Students from the Center for German Studies (Zentrum für Deutschlandstudien) in Beijing gain insight into the German legal order and legal culture.
  • Higher-ranking administrative officials, judges, and teaching staff from the Center for German Law (Zentrum für Deutsches Recht) at Hanoi Law University receive comparative law training at regular intervals at the Department of Law at Freie Universität Berlin.
  • South Korean criminal judges and public prosecutors also pay regular visits to the Department of Law at Freie      Universität Berlin for research purposes. They focus on individual research projects in comparative law, with support and supervision from instructors at the department.
  • Scholars at Freie Universität Berlin also engage in extensive dialogue on the rule of law with Turkish colleagues from Istanbul, Antalya and Ankara, thereby keeping up with the processes of constitutionalization taking place in this important country in transition.

These projects are prominent fields of activity for instructors at the Department of Law at Freie Universität Berlin and are pursued with tremendous personal commitment and dedication.