Summer School 2009
Prof. Dr. Oesten Baller
5.–17. July 2009
DAAD, Programme for the Support of Democracy in Ukraine
The first Summer School on legal and public administration studies was held from 5 - 17 July 2009 at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin).
The 17 participants of the Summer School included students of the Master's programme in Public Administration of the National Academy of Public Administration - the President of Ukraine (NAPA) in Kiev. There, they attend courses of a Masters' programme in Public Administration (MPA) which was designed and implemented in 2007-2009 by the Institute for Co-operation with Central and Eastern European Countries in Public Reform (IMO) of HWR.
In close reference to this programme and in accordance with the DAAD Support Guidelines, the Summer School was centred around legal and administrative studies. The programme focussed on the core issues and fundamental principles of democratic rule of law. This was complemented by inputs on the state structure of the Federal Republic of Germany. Providing ample space for discussion, lectures were not only to impart specific knowledge, but also to demonstrate the efficiency of state-of -the-art teaching methods in terms of developing both the students' ability to accept critique and their discursive behaviour, which was facilitated by the students' good command of English. Another topic area (traffic security, gaps in administrative law, weakly developed law-making culture) consciously linked up to the shortcomings of legal system and societal development which were highlighted particularly by the SIGMA reports (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) on Ukraine. For the participants, this served once more as an impulse to carry on with reform.
Apart from the lectures, the students were given the opportunity to see how theory works in practice. Discussions were arranged in the German Bundesrat, in various boroughs, the Berlin Administrative Court, and in one of the sections of the Berlin Police.
The Summer School Programme was rounded off by cultural and social events, including a city sightseeing tour, a boat trip, visits to museums, a trip to Potsdam, and a number of informal meetings between students and teachers from Berlin and their guests from Kiev.