On 13 May 2019 ACA-Europe held the seminar “Functions of and Access to Supreme Administrative Courts” in the Higher Administrative Court of Berlin and Brandenburg, one of the 15 administrative courts of second instance in Germany. The seminar was organised by ACA-Europe and the Federal Administrative Court of Germany, which currently holds the presidency of ACA-Europe.

More than 60 representatives of 32 member institutions came to the German capital to gather in a building with a long tradition in administrative jurisprudence as it used to be the seat of the Prussian Higher Administrative Court and later of the Federal Administrative Court before it moved to Leipzig in 2002.

This seminar was closely related to the previous one hosted by the Irish Supreme Court in Dublin on “How our Courts Decide: The Decision-making Processes of Supreme Administrative Courts”.

As already the seminar in Dublin in March the seminar aimed at deepening the mutual understanding of the conditions under which the member courts work. After the seminar in Dublin had focused on the view to the internal decision-making process, the seminar in Berlin put the centre of attention to the external factors. In three sessions the participants discussed the different purposes that are to be fulfilled by the Supreme Administrative Courts with their work which in several states also includes the function of a court of first instance in specific cases, the different approaches the different jurisdictions follow as far as binding effects of the decisions of the Supreme Administrative Courts are concerned and the question whether there is a filter system for appeals to the Supreme Administrative Court and, if so, how such filter systems are related to the purposes of the Supreme Administrative Courts.

A written summary of the concluding remarks by Mr. Klaus Rennert, President of the German Federal Administrative Court, can be found here.

More information on the seminar is coming soon.

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