Rethinking Law in a Global Context:
Violence, Surveillance, Secrecy:
Constitutionalism and the "Deep State"
New technologies have increased the capacity of governments to make citizens itransparent to public authorities, wheras the internal structure and practices of the security apparatus remains subject to only very limited public oversight. This asymmetry raises a wide range of questions relating to the control and accountability of public authorities. These questions become particularly pressing when the state uses violence against individuals in the context of asymmetric warfare and when fighting terrorism. In this colloquium we will try to get a deeper understanding of some core issues and reflect on the public law frameworks that govern and ought to govern the practices of surveillance, secrecy and violence in liberal constitutional democracies.
The focus of the colloquium will be texts and presentations by invited guests. A leading scholar or practitioner will present a paper, which will then be discussed by the participants. Because the majority of invited guests are non-German native speakers, the language of the colloquium will mostly be English.
The colloquium is this years installment of the Berlin Colloquium Series on "Rethinking Law in a Global Context". Besides Prof. Kumm Profs. Ingolf Pernice, Georg Nolte, Christoph Möllers and Jan-Werner-Müller (Princeton) will occasionally participate as co-chairs.
Former judge at the German Federal Court of Justice, former Member of the Parliamentary Intelligence Supervisory Committee
Brandenburg University of Applied Police Sciences
Part 1: Der tkü-spezifische Kernbereichsschutz im Verständnis des Zweiten Senats des BVerfG
Part 2: Anhang 2-bvr-236-08-1
The Data Retention Decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
Decision in German (pdf)
Decision in English (pdf)
NYU School of Law
Documentary Film Screening
Yale Law School
Berlin School of Economics and Law
University of Amsterdam
To Be Determined
Hebrew University of Jerusalem