The 5th Sino-German exchange for lawyers on the topic of criminal procedural law took place from May 28th, to June 3rd, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. Six German and six Chinese criminal law experts participated and exchanged their views on the similarities and differences of both criminal procedure systems in expert discussions. In moderated workshops the participants discussed in depth new developments and challenges concerning the job profile of the specialist solicitor for criminal law in the age of digitization and the consolidation of client rights in the different procedural stages.
Furthermore the delegation visited several law institutions to gain a deeper practical insight to the topic. For instance, they took part in an expert talk at the Public Prosecutor General of the Federal Court of Justice, in which the participants could discuss deals in criminal proceedings, defense counsel rights and video recording of the criminal proceedings. A highlight of the 5th lawyers exchange was the reception at the Federal Court of Justice by President Limperg and the expert discussion with the 3rd criminal division that followed.
Besides the professional program the participants could deepen their professional and friendly relationship during mutual lunch and dinner but also discuss sensitive professional topics and personal questions in a trustfully way.
During the entire trip the delegation’s participants had the opportunity to discover Swabia by visiting the fortress of Hohenasperg as well as a reception followed by a workshop and a sight-seeing tour around the Robert Bosch house.
To further deepen the socio-cultural exchange an alumni event was added to the lawyers exchange format in Stuttgart for the first time. Alumni and participants of the current exchange could share their experience and expertise and most of all build an expert network. For both the participants and the alumni the event was an enrichment for their professional and personal networks. The alumni event will be incorporated into the sino-german lawyers exchange as an integral part.