The sixth Online Alumni Salon of the German-Chinese Judges’ Exchange took place on November 24, 2020. The event was attended by six German judges from Berlin and Brandenburg as well as six judges from the Chinese provinces of Shanxi and Shandong and from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
After the moderation of Mr. Norbert Feige from GIZ, the participants were welcomed by Mr. Guo Xiujiang, deputy head of the administrative chamber of the Supreme People’s Court of China, and Dr. Wilfried Peters, vice president of the Administrative Court of Berlin.
In numerous contributions, the judges exchanged views on the situation of the justice system in times of the pandemic on the legal areas of criminal law and administrative law.
While the first block mainly compared the development in case law, the discussion in the second part focused more on the measures that are currently being taken to implement the court proceedings. In particular, practical challenges in everyday court life were compared and possible solutions exchanged.
In conclusion, both sides stated that the pandemic could represent an opportunity for the judiciary in addition to a global crisis. All participants shared the experience that the necessary flexibility, adaptation and development now also has created new formats and encouraged innovative thinking beyond the pandemic.