Hungarian-German judicial seminar on administrative justice at the Curia of Hungary

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28 May 2015

In the joint organisation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Curia, a judicial seminar focusing on the current situation and the future of administrative procedural law was held in the premises of the Curia on 28-29 May 2015 with the participation of the judges of the Administrative and Labour Department of the Curia as well as the academic collaborators of different faculties of law and the Institute for Legal Studies of the Research Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The seminar was opened and attended by Mr. Péter Darák, President of the Curia and Mr. Klaus Rennert, President of the Federal Administrative Court of Germany who gave a lecture on the history, tasks and competencies of the Federal Administrative Court of Germany and on its relations with the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Mr. Martin Steinkühler, judge at the Federal Administrative Court of Germany presented the organisational structure of the German administrative justice system and the methods of communication between the administrative courts and the other branches of the judiciary in Germany.

In his subsequent lecture, Mr. Tibor Kalas, Head of the Administrative and Labour Department of the Curia gave detailed information on the topic of the Hungarian administrative justice system and some of the most important issues arising from the adjudication of administrative cases in Hungary.

Mr. István Hoffman, associate professor and Ms. Krisztina Füzi-Rozsnyai, assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University gave an overview of the results of the scientific research on the development of administrative procedural law. Ms. Krisztina Füzi-Rozsnyai also reported on the ongoing codification efforts which aim at elaborating a separate code of administrative procedure.

Ms. Csilla Heinemann, judge at the Administrative and Labour Department of the Curia summarised the Hungarian experience gained from making references for a preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the European Union in the field of administrative law. She concluded that Hungarian administrative judges had the professional competencies and qualifications required to make such references and they had been highly motivated to do so in various topics. In many cases, these references made a positive impact on the European case-law on administrative law.

At the end of the seminar, Mr. Tibor Kalas outlined the expected process of structural reforms that would be entailed by the further development of administrative justice, in addition, he presented some legal institutions which would require a modernisation by the legislator.

Budapest, the 1st of June 2015

Press Secretariat of the Curia of Hungary