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Chairwoman of the Association of German Constitutional Law Teachers


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Prof. Angelika Nußberger has been appointed Chairwoman of the Board of the Association of German Constitutional Law Teachers (Vereinigung der Deutschen Staatsrechtslehrer e.V.) as of January 6, 2022.

She takes over the office of Prof. Ewald Wiederin.

With her in the executive committee are Prof. Ekkehart Reimer and Prof. Frank Schorkopf.

The Association of German Teachers of Constitutional Law has existed since 1922 and most recently had 799 members.

Russian translation of "The European Court of Human Rights"


Prof. Angelika Nußberger's book "The European Court of Human Rights" is now also available in Russian.

Find more information here.


The European Court of Human Rights, by Angelika Nussberger is the first title in a new series, The Elements of International Law. Providing a fresh, objective, and non-argumentative approach to the discipline of international law, this series is an accessible go-to source for practicing international lawyers, judges and arbitrators, government and military officers, scholars, teachers, and students.

In this volume, Professor Nussberger explores the Court's uniqueness as an international adjudicatory body in the light of its history, structure, and procedure, as well as its key doctrines and case law. This book also shows the role played by the Court in the development of modern international law and human rights law. Tracing the history of the Court from its political context in the 1940s to the present day, Nussberger engages with pressing questions about its origins and internal workings. What was the best model for such an international organization? How should it evolve within more and more diverse legal cultures? How does a case move among different decision-making bodies? These questions help frame the six parts of the book, whilst the final section reflects on the past successes and failures of the Court, shedding light on possible future directions.

Professor Angelika Nußberger elected as Vice-President of the Venice-Commission


On Saturday, 11 December 2021, Professor Dr. Angelika Nußberger was elected as one of three vice presidents of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. Next to her, Michael Frendo, Malta and Herdis Thorgeirsdottir, Iceland were elected. The new president is Claire Bazy Malaurie. We congratulate Angelika Nußberger on her new position and wish her and the presidency all the best for the tasks ahead. For more information on the appointments to the Venice Commission, please visit the Venice Commission webpage.

The Venice Commission is the Council of Europe's advisory body on constitutional matters. The Commission's task is to provide legal advice to member states and, in particular, to assist states that wish to bring their legal and institutional structures into line with European standards and international experience in the fields of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.


Professorin Angelika Nußberger at the Polytechnische Gesellschaft

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Angelika Nußberger was invited to an event at the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main.

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Angelika Nußberger was invited to an event at the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main.

The topic of the event was "Constitutional Courts. Do They Preserve or Threaten the Rule of the People?"

"Democracies can slide into the tyranny of the majority. Therefore, the rule of law and fundamental rights are indispensable elements of democratic rule: Without freedom of assembly or freedom of the press, elections are of little value. Constitutional courts embody the idea that majority rule is bound by law and justice. Yet time and again, they are criticized for making decisions that are politically too far-reaching. And they themselves become the object of political power competition. Can they still effectively protect democracy under such conditions? Do they live up to their role as guardians of the constitution - in international comparison? Or is criticism of them, as in Poland or Hungary, even partly justified?"

Watch the full event here. [German]

Pictures: Jochen Kratschmer

Max-Friedlaender-Prize awarded to Prof. Angelika Nußberger

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Angelika Nußberger is the winner of the Max-Friedlaender-Prize 2020/21

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Angelika Nußberger is the winner of the Max-Friedlaender-Prize 2020/21 awarded by the Bayrischer Anwaltsverband (Bavarian Bar Association). The prize is awarded annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the legal profession, the legal profession or society. She succeeds Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, who received the prize in 2019.

Here you will find the link to the website of the Bayrischer Anwaltsverband. There you can access, among other things, the keynote speech by Proffesor Nußberger and a photo gallery of the event. 

(Pictures: Sabine Gassner)

Prof. Dr. Dres h.c. Angelika Nußberger on "Bayrischer Rundfunk"

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Angelika Nußberger in an interview with Bayrischer Rundfunk

Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Angelika Nußberger in an interview with Bayrischer Rundfunk in the podcast "Politik und Hintergrund" on the current situation at the Polish border.

Titel of the podcast: "EU-Asylpolitik: Dilemma zwischen Grenzschutz und Asylrecht"

"Push-backs are illegal under general international law, under the Geneva Refugee Convention, the European Convention on Human Rights and under customary international law".

On the Podcast she compares the current situation with the one in Melilla and explains why the so-called Melilla judgement of the ECtHR is, according to current knowledge, probably not applicable to the sitaution in Poland.

The interview with Prof. Dr. Nußberger starts at minute 6.

Listen to the interview and the entire podcast in german here

Adam Bodnar receives DIALOG Prize of the Deutsch-Polnische Gesellschaft Bundesverband

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On Friday, 22 October 2021, the former Polish Commissioner for Civil Rights Adam Bodnar was awarded the DIALOG Prize of the German-Polish Society Federal Association at a ceremony in Göttingen. The laudatory speech was given by Angelika Nußberger. With this award, the Deutsch-Polnische Gesellschaft Bundesverband honours persons, institutions, initiatives, media projects or editorial offices that are committed in an exemplary manner to the dialogue of peoples and cultures in Europe as well as the deepening of German-Polish relations. We warmly congratulate Mr Bodnar on this award.

You can find the laudatory speech by Angelika Nußberger as well as the words of gratitude by Adam Bodnar on the website Dialog Forum [in German].

(Photos: Piotr Mordel)

Panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Angelika Nußberger about "Human Rights and Humanitarianism - a Complicated Relationship?"

On 27 September 2021, Professor Dr Angelika Nußberger took part in a panel on "Human Rights and Humanitarianism - a Complicated Relationship?". Prof. Dr Angelika Nußberger was joined on the panel by Prof. Dr Michael Barnett from George Washington University, Washington DC, US and Prof. Dr Julia Irwin from the University of South Florida, Tampa, USA.

The discussion round served as preparation for the Herrenhausen Conference to be held in 2022 under the title "Governing Humanitarianism - Past, Present and Future". The preparatory discussion was organised by the Volkswagen Foundation in cooperation with Professor Dr Fabian Klose from the Chair of International History and Historical Peace and Conflict Research at the University of Cologne, who also moderated the discussion. 


Prof. Dr. Nußberger in discussion with the President of the Federal Constitutional Court Prof. Dr. Harbarth

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Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Dr. hc. Nußberger was invited to a discussion with the President of the Federal Constitutional  Court Prof. Dr. Harbarth. Topic of the discussion was the state of the protection of fundamental rights in Europe.

Watch the full german video here.

The Academy for European Human Rights Protection cooperates with the Völkerrechtsblog

We are pleased to cooperate with the Völkerrechtsblog from the beginning of the winter semester 2021/22 until at least the end of 2022. In the course of this, Angelika Nußberger will become an editor of the blog. Our postdoc Cathérine Van de Graaf will take on the position of managing editor. Together with the other cooperation partners, we hope that we can help to ensure that the Völkerrechtsblog will continue to serve as a platform for academically qualified and freely accessible contributions and discussions. The Völkerrechtsblog thus makes a valuable contribution to the international discourse on topics of international public law. A post about the changes in the organisational structure of the Völkerrechtsblog can be found here.