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AjV - Call for Abstracts

The Working Group for Young Scholars in Public International Law (AjV) organises a conference on "Progress and International Law - A Cursed Relationship?" at the University of Cologne between 22 and 23 September 2023. We are looking forward to your abstracts! Deadline is 16 January 2023. 

DGO-Event: "State without citizens? Russia at the brink of totalitarianism"

Massive political pressure had already severely weakened civil society structures in Russia before February 24. Nevertheless, it seemed that Russian civil society was developing under great difficulties: More and more people showed commitment, social activities and civic initiatives expanded. In early 2022, there was still room for civil engagement in Russia - despite increasing repression.

But with the criminal war against Ukraine, even the remnants of what democratic civil society had spent 30 years building were destroyed.

Is there still a civil society in Russia today? Under what conditions can it have a chance to influence politics in the future? Can grassroots democratic initiatives survive in an authoritarian state? How can the international community support Russian civil society and prevent its isolation?


- Ekaterina Schulmann, Russian political scientist, Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin.
- Prof. Angelika Nußberger, University of Cologne, Director of the Academy for the Protection of European Human Rights.

The discussion will take place next Wednesday, November 23, at 8:00 p.m. in the reading room of the Academy for European Human Rights Protection of the University of Cologne, Kerpener Str. 30, 50937 Cologne, as well as online. It will be simultaneously translated into German and Russian.

Registration at: Attendance is also possible without registration.

The discussion is a cooperative event of the German Sakharov Society, the Cologne/Bonn branch of the German Society for Eastern European Studies, the University of Cologne and the Lew Kopelev Forum. It takes place within the framework of the project "Dialogues in the Turbulence Zone", which is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Information partner: Youtube channel "O strane i mire" (About the country and the world)

Angelika Nußberger attended a discussion about the cooperation between the Court of Justice and national and international courts

On November 17, 2022, the Director of the Academy for European Human Rights Protection,  Professor Dr Angelika Nussberger, participated in a panel discussion in Brussels. 

The future of the European Constitutional Court Network: Top representatives of the European Court Network discussed the relationship between the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and national constitutional and supreme courts at the invitation of Bavaria's Minister of Justice Georg Eisenreich at the Bavarian Representation in Brussels on November 17, 2022.

On the podium, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Juliane Kokott, Advocate General at the ECJ, Prof. Dr. Peter M. Huber, Judge of the Federal Constitutional Court, Univ. Prof. DDr. Dr. h.c. Christoph Grabenwarter, President of the Austrian Constitutional Court, and Prof. Dr. DDr. h.c. Angelika Nußberger, former Vice President of the ECtHR. The event was moderated by the Bavarian Minister of Justice.

Judges' Talk with Robert Spano

The Academy for European Human Rights Protection will host a talk with Robert Spano, until recently acting President of the European Court of Human Rights, on 'Reflections on the Office of President of the European Court of Human Rights in Times of Crises - Adjudication, Management, Judicial Diplomacy' on 21 November at 6 pm as part of the Judges' Talk series. The event will take place in lecture hall A2 (Hörsaalgebäude, Universitätsstraße 35) in English. Prior registration is not necessary.

You can find the event poster here.

Statement of the Academy on the protests in Iran

Under the slogan "Women, Life, Freedom," civil society in Iran is defending basic human rights. As reported in the news, repressive measures against civil society have already lead to many injuries and deaths. Students are involved in the protests, universities are being closed. The "Academy for European Human Rights Protection" expresses its solidarity with those who peacefully protest and stand up for their universally recognized basic human rights.

Conversation in the university magazine between Prof. Dr Claus Kreß, Prof. Dr Angelika Nußberger and Prof. Dr Fabian Klose: Are the laws silent under arms?

f.l.t.r.: Prof. Dr. Claus Kreß, Prof. Dr. Angelika Nußberger, Prof. Dr. Fabian Klose

In the current University Magazine of the University of Cologne, Robert Hahn talks with international public law expert Prof. Dr. Claus Kreß, international public law expert Prof'in Dr. Angelika Nußberger and historian Prof. Dr. Fabian Klose about the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. Against the background of the blatant violation of international public law as well as targeted warfare against civilians, the question is asked whether the laws are now silent under arms. 

You can find the full interview [in German] here.

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.

Declaration of the Academy for European Human Rights Protection concerning the war in Ukraine


‘Evil progresses cunningly, with a minority operating, as it were, to remove the levers of control. One by one, freedoms are suppressed, in one sphere after another. Public opinion and the entire national conscience are asphyxiated. […] It is necessary to intervene before it is too late. A conscience must exist somewhere which will sound the alarm to the minds of a nation menaced by this progressive corruption, to warn them of the peril and to show them that they are progressing down along a road which leads far […].’

The accuracy of this statement by French politician Pierre-Henri Teitgen in 1949 is more evident than ever in present times. Human rights are the foundation of peaceful societies; the protection of human rights is a contribution to peace. External aggression and internal oppression are directly related.

The post-World War II peace architecture building on the prohibition of the use of force and the protection of human rights has not succeeded in preventing a new war between Council of Europe member states in 2022. Nevertheless, it is important, especially in this situation, to pay special attention to human rights. This applies above all to the right to life and the prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment, but also to the rights of refugees, whether they come from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus or other countries. The right to freedom of expression of those who raise their voices against the war is also particularly endangered. We are deeply concerned about the evident violation of human rights in the present situation.

The Academy for European Human Rights Protection shares the assessment of the Institute of International Law on the violation of international law by the armed attack of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, supports the initiative of members of the Russian Academy of Sciences who oppose the war with Ukraine in an open letter, joins the call for the creation of a special tribunal for the punishment of the crime of aggression and would like to draw attention to the particularly difficult situation of persons with disabilities in the conflict in Ukraine.