Fundamental Rights in Europe - the Example of Germany

04.04.19

Workshop at the European Studies Master Programme of the School of Strategic and Global Studies of the University of Indonesia, Jakarta; Thursday and Friday, 28.-29.03.2019

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Subject

The respect for human rights is an essential element of every free and democratic constitutional state based on the rule of law. The idea originates from the philosophy of Enlightenment but today is a universal heritage of mankind. In Europe, 47 states have ratified the European Convention on Human Rights which is enfoced by the European Court of Human Rights. Moreover, human rights form one of the common fundamental values of the European Union, and their effective implementation and protection in the member states by national fundamental rights regimes is a precondition of membership. Within the European Union, Germany is one of the countries with the most sophisticated fundamental rights regimes - due to the rich jurisprudence of the Federal Constitutional Court and the support by legal science. This workshops introduces to fundamental rights in Europe and Germany and in particular to the German fundamental rights doctrine, then presents some selected fundamental rights and discusses topic problems, which are not only discussed in Germany, and the German approaches to their solution.

The workshop has been organised with the support of DAAD Lecturer Dr. Marco Stahlhut.

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Contents

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Introduction to Fundamental Rights in Europe

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On the terms "human rights", "fundamental rights" and "constitutional rights"

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Overview over the norms to bear in mind

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Introduction to fundamental rights and fundamental rights doctrine in Germany

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The fundamental rights guaranteed in the Basic Law (overview)

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Current problems of the freedom of opinion

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Freedom of religion

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Equality before the law, equal rights of men and women, non-discrimination

Contents (summary/details)

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§ 1  Introduction to fundamental rights in Europe

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§ 2  Introduction to fundamental rights and fundamental rights doctrine in Germany

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§ 3  Current problems of freedom of opinioin

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§ 4  Freedom of religion

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§ 5  Equality before the law, equal rights of men and women, non-discrimination

Bibliography (selection in English)

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Bröhmer, Jürgen; Hill, Clauspeter; Spitzkatz, Marc (editors): 60 Years German Basic Law: The German Constitution and its Court. Landmark Decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in the Area of Fundamental Rights, 2nd edition 2012

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Bumke, Christian; Voßkuhle, Andreas: German Constitutional Law. Introdcution, Cases, and Principles, 2019 [coming soon]

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Grimm, Dieter: Constitutionalism. Past, Present, and Future, 2019, p. 161 ff. [coming soon]

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Dieter Grimm: The role of fundamental rights after sixty-five years of constitutional jurisprudence in Germany, I•CON 13 (2015), No. 1

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Heun, Werner: The Constitution of Germany. A Contextual Analysis, 2011, p. 191 ff.

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Robbers, Gerhard: An Introduction to German Law, 6th edition 2017, p. 39 ff.

Links

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See also the links to internet resources on special topics in the underlined text passages in the workshop materials. These resources can be directly accessed from the PDF files.

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Sources of law: Basic Law for the Federal Republic of German (first/second English translation, German text), European Convention on Human Rights and protocols, Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

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Courts: Federal Constitutional Court (homepage, decisions [see also second source], English translations of decisions [see also second/third source]), European Court of Human Rights

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concerning § 3: Oliver Jouanjan, Freedom of Expression in the Federal Republic of Germany, Indiana Law Journal 84 (2009), no. 3

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concerning § 3 I: BVerfGE 7, 198 (Lüth Decision, English translation)

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concerning § 3 IV: Winfried Brugger, The Treatment of Hate Speech in German Constitutional Law, German Law Journal 4 (2003), no. 1; BVerfGE 93, 266 ("soldiers are murderers", English translation), BVerfGE 90, 241 (denial of holocaust, English translation), BVerfGE 124, 300 (criminal prosecution of approval of the National Socialist regime of terror, English translation); German Network Enforcement Act

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concerning § 4 IV: BVerfGE 93,1 (Crucifix decision, English translation), BVerfGE 108, 282 and BVerfGE 138, 296 (headscarves of teachers, English translations), European Court on Human Rights, Decision of 11.07.2017, Belcacemi and Oussar v. Belgium (ban on niqab and burka, English press release)

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concerning § 5 I: German General Act on Equal Treatment

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concerning § 5 IV: European Parliament, In-Depth Analysis of the The Policy on Gender Equality in Germany, 2015

 

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