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The Academy for the Protection of European Human Rights at the University of Cologne (Professor Dr. DDr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger M.A.) is looking for a Student Assistant (SHK) (m/f/d) to work 8 hours per week as soon as possible, probably by 15 August 2022. All relevant information can be found here [German].

Prof. Dr Angelika Nußberger is a finalist of the "40 over 40 - Germany's Most Inspiring Women" 2022

Prof Dr Angelika Nußberger is one of the finalists of the "Listicle" "40 over 40 - Germany's Most Inspiring Women" 2022. The list is presented by the online magazine Fe:maleOneZero together with HypoVereinsbank since 2020.

"40 over 40" sees itself as a supplement to the existing listicles of "Forbes" (30 under 30) and Capital (40 under 40). With this initiative, Fe:maleOneZero wants to honour impressive personalities from business, science, politics, media and culture. Last year, BioNTech founder Özlem Türeci, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and EU Commission President Dr Ursula von der Leyen were among those honoured.

Recording: Russia's Attack on Ukraine and the Future of International Law

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Im Rahmen einer von der Kölner Juristischen Gesellschaft organisierten Veranstaltung haben Frau Professorin Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger M.A. und Herr Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Claus Kreß, LL.M. (Cambridge) die Auswirkungen des russischen Angriffskrieges gegen die Ukraine auf die Zukunft der völkerrechtlichen Ordnung beleuchtet.

Sie finden den Link zum Video hier.

At an event organized by the Kölner Juristische Gesellschaft (Cologne Law Society), Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger M.A. and Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Dr. h.c. Claus Kreß, LL.M. (Cambridge) discussed the implications of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine for the future of the international legal order.

You can find the link to the video here. [German]

Prof. Dr. DDr. Angelika Nußberger on the Podcast Literatur und Politik

Prof. Dr DDr Angelika Nußberger was a guest on the podcast "Literatur und Politik" from the Hessian State Agency for Civic Education and spoke with Mechthild Harting from the FAZ. The topic of the podcast was human rights and the importance and effectiveness of human rights was discussed using the current example of the war between Russia and Ukraine. In addition, the conversation dealt with the historical development of human rights and their sphere of influence in everyday life.

You can listen to the podcast here or at the relevant providers.

Current classifications of the Ukraine crisis by members of the Academy

On 24 February 2022, Russian forces launched a military attack on Ukraine. They invaded the country from several sides and advanced to the capital Kiev, among other places. Heavy fighting is currently taking place there, as in many other parts of the country. Russia is said to have taken control of a nuclear power plant used by civilians. Despite repeated negotiations, an end to the conflict is not in sight.

Professor Angelika Nußberger, a specialist in Eastern European law and a Slavic scholar from Cologne, has commented on the current situation in Ukraine in the press. The assessments of the director of the Academy for the Protection of European Human Rights and former vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights reflect the developments of the past decades and show the effects of the conflict on the architecture of peace in Europe and the world.

  • Commentary for F.A.Z. Objection: "Können wir noch an Europas Werte glauben?" from 24.2.2022 (Link) [in German]
  • Interview with Reinhardt Müller in a special episode of the "F.A.Z. Einspruch" podcast from 28.2.2022 (Link) [in German]
  • Interview with Wolfgang Janisch for the Süddeutsche Zeitung from 2.3.2022 (Link) [in German]
  • Interview in rbb-Kultur with Frank Meyer on the possible handling of the Putin case by the international judiciary from 5.3.2022 (Link, from minute 49:00) [in German]
  • Interview with Elif Şenel for WDR 5 "Neugier genügt" (Curiosity is enough) about the currently initiated or ongoing proceedings in Germany, at European and at international level because of the Russian attack on Ukraine, also taking into account enforcement difficulties of the international, consensus-based regulations from 10.3.2022 (Link) [in German]
  • F.A.Z. article "Von Gorbatschow zu Orwell" on developments in Russia since the 1980s of 10.3.2022 (Link) [in German]
  • Russian language interview with Roman Goncharenko for Deutsche Welle of 10.3.2022 (Link) [in Russian]
  • Podcast "Der Ukraine-Krieg und das Völkerrecht" with Jörg Klußmann of 24.04.2022 (Link) [in German]

Already on 24.2.2022 our postdoctoral researcher Dr. Julia Miklasová published a classification of Russia's recognition of the separatist territories in Ukraine on the Völkerrechtsblog. (Link)

Students qualify for the final round of the Helga Pedersen Moot Court Competition

For the first time since its ten-year existence, a team from the University of Cologne is taking part in the Helga Pedersen Moot Court Competition (HPMCC). The four-member team, consisting of Cologne law students, was able to qualify for the final round in Strasbourg.

The Moot Court is organised by the European Law Students' Association (ELSA) in cooperation with the Council of Europe, the European Society for Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. The Moot Court deals with current issues within the framework of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). This year, the focus is on the possible legal responsibility of states for the effects of climate change, especially when these materialise through increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

The team, consisting of Greta Maria Goss, Karin Schröder, Philipp Terfurth and Sharon Woamede, qualified for the final round in Strasbourg in May 2022 after the written phase and the digital regional round in mid-March 2022. Out of more than 60 European teams in three regional rounds, the best 18 teams were selected to compete in the final round by evaluating the briefs and oral presentations. The winning team of the final round, which will take place on the premises of the Council of Europe and the ECtHR, will receive an internship at the Court.

The Cologne students are supported by their coaches Lisa Kujus and Frederic Kupsch, who are also research assistants at the Academy for European Human Rights Protection. We wish the team all the best in Strasbourg! 

More information on the team and application information for participation in the Moot Court in the winter semester 2022/23 can be found here.

Event: Russia's attack on Ukraine and the future of international law

The Cologne Law Society invites you to the event "Russia's Attack on Ukraine and the Future of International Law". Speakers are Prof. Kreß and Prof. Nußberger. The event will be held in German.

Professor Kreß teaches criminal and international law at the University of Cologne. His research focus concerns the international law of peacekeeping in a broad sense. Since the end of 2019, he has been an ad hoc judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague in the case of The Gambia v. Myanmar. In 2021, he was appointed Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for the Crime of Aggression, among other positions.

Professor Nußberger teaches constitutional and international law at the University of Cologne. Her research areas are human rights and legal developments in Central and Eastern Europe; from 2011 to 2019 she was a judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, the last three years its Vice-President. Among other things, she is a member of the so-called Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (European Commission for Democracy through Law).

Both of them will classify the Ukraine war and its prehistory in terms of international law, as well as discuss the reactions of the international community and the European and international courts. Current developments up to the evening of the lecture will be included as far as possible. The two papers will be presented in alternating speeches. A debate is planned after the presentations.

The event will be streamed online and will be in German. It will end at 9.30 pm at the latest. You will find the link to the page of the Cologne Law Society here.

Russia and the future of the Council of Europe

Professor Dr. DDr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger was invited to the talk about russia and the future of the council of europe. 


The Russian Federation has been expelled from the Council of Europe following its aggression against Ukraine. What implications does Russia’s departure have for the Russian people, the Council of Europe itself, and the wider system of protection under the European Convention on Human Rights? Is there a risk of contagion to other problematic states, and what actions should states supportive of the Council of Europe’s values take now?

Watch the full recording of the event from the 30th of March 2022 here [English].

Putin's War of Aggression on Ukraine. Historical, political and international legal classifications

Since 24 February 2022, the Russian attack on Ukraine has brought war back to Europe. The war of aggression by Russian President Putin not only threatens the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, but also fundamental principles of the international order since 1945. In the public panel discussion, the historian and specialist in Eastern European history, PD Dr. Kirsten Bönker, the former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights, Professor Dr. Angelika Nußberger, the historian and Professor of International History and Historical Peace and Conflict Research, Professor Dr. Fabian Klose, will discuss the current situation. Angelika Nußberger, the historian and professor of international history and historical peace and conflict research, Professor Dr Fabian Klose, and the international law expert and special advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Professor Claus Kreß, will jointly place the Russian aggression in a broader historical, political and international legal framework. The discussion will be moderated by historian Prof. Dr Habbo Knoch from the University of Cologne.

Watch the full recording here [German].


Seminar: Disabled Persons in armed conflicts

On 01.04.2022 the seminar "People with Disabilities in Armed Conflict" will be held online in English.

The virtual event will be chaired by the director of the academy of European Human Rights Protection, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger together with the Disability rights researcher Lilit Grigoryan. Among the invited speakers are the ombudspersons of Ukraine and Armenia

You can find a flyer with futher information and registration here.