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Berlin Colloquium

Foto: Ksenya Kumm

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.


15 April 2014 Introduction (students only)
22 April 2014

Wolfgang Neskovic

Former judge at the German Federal Court of Justice, former member of the German Intelligence Service (BND) board of enquiry
29 April 2014

Frederik Roggan
FHPol Brandenburg
06 May 2014

Samuel J. Rascoff

New York University School of Law
13 May 2014

Andrew Weissmann

NYU School of Law
20 May 2014 N.N.
27 May 2014

Jack Balkin
Yale Law School
03 June 2014 N.N.
10 June 2014

Deirdre Curtin

University of Amsterdam
17 June 2014 N.N.
24 June 2014 N.N.
1 July 2014

Moshe Halbertal

Hebrew University of Jerusalem