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Welcome to the Institute of Eastern European and Comparative Law!

Institute of Eastern European and Comparative Law (formerly the Institute for Eastern European Law) was combined with the Academy for European Human Rights Protection in 2021. The Institute is specialised in research and teaching on topics related to law in Central and Eastern European countries. The director of the Institute is Professor Dr. Angelika Nußberger. This website overviews all projects, courses and cooperations concerning the Institute. Current research projects on Central and Eastern European law can be found on the research page.



Meeting of Prof Angelika Nußberger as a member of a delegation of the Venice Commission with the Polish Minister of Justice

Prof. Angelika Nußberger travelled to Warsaw on 25 April 2024 to take part in a meeting with the Polish Minister of Justice, Adam Bodnar, as a member of the Venice Commission. The reason for the meeting was an exchange of views on the law drafted by the Polish Ministry of Justice to amend the law on the National Judicial Council, which aims to restore the right to elect judges.

The Venice Commission is an advisory body to the Council of Europe on constitutional issues, which is committed to the principles of democracy and the rule of law. Information on the work of the Venice Commission can be found here.

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Symposium on “Misappropriation and Human Rights Implosion”

Between 6 and 8 November 2023, our postdoctoral researchers Dr. Júlia Miklasová, Dr. Paula Rhein-Fischer, and Dr. Cathérine Van de Graaf organised a symposium on "Misappropriation and Human Rights Implosion" at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hanover. VolkswagenStiftung funded and co-organised the event, which was part of the thematic week "Human Rights in Times of Multiple Challenges - Perspectives from Science and Society". The symposium brought together early career and established researchers from around the world and disciplinary background (law, sociology, linguistics, history, political science and IR). The participants discussed the topic from different angles, bringing together their unique scholarly experience and diverse methodological and disciplinary approaches.

During three days of the symposium, six panels examined the topic of misappropriation of human rights through different perspectives in both authoritarian and democratic regimes. The panels critically assessed the notion itself, focused on the key actors involved (ranging from States, religious, conservative groups, NGOs, and transnational networks), the strategies employed, as well as the locus of contestations (from domestic politics, domestic and international courts, up to international diplomacy). The symposium explored the theme through more general lenses and zoomed in on specific cases from across the world. Ultimately, the participants highlighted the implications of the phenomenon of misappropriation of human rights for the future of human rights, society and international relations. 

The conveners presented the video results of the focus groups conducted with young university students from different European countries on the topic of “Good Name of Human Rights? Does it Matter?”. The symposium closed with a keynote address by one of the leading voices on the subject of misappropriation and the implosion of human rights Prof. Katharine Young (Associate Dean for Faculty and Global Programs, Professor, and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School) entitled "Human Rights Misappropriation and Legal Form”.

We are grateful for the funding and co-organization of this event to the VolkswagenStiftung.

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Angelika Nußberger, Globuli gegen Diktaturen, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 03.04.2024

Angelika Nußgerger & Claus Kreß, Gerechtigkeit als Utopie?, Völkerrechtliche Verbrechen in der Ukraine, in: Politikum, Heft 4/23, p. 11-17

J. Miklasová, Dissolution of the Soviet Union Thirty Years On: Re-Appraisal of the Relevance of the Principle of Uti Possidetis Iuris, in Viñuales/Clapham/Boisson de Chazournes/Hébié (eds.), The International Legal Order in the XXIst Century, Brill, 2023

Júlia Miklasová, Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives on International Law: How States Use the UN General Assembly to Create International Obligations. By Rossana Deplano, British Yearbook of International Law, 2022

Angelika Nußberger & Lauri Mälksoo, Völkerrecht à la russe, Multipolarität versus Universalität, in: Osteuropa, 73. Jahrgang, Heft 7-9/2023, p. 193-208

Angelika Nußberger, Was ist gerecht? Globale Gerechtigkeitsvorstellungen im Vergleich, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, 7.11.2023 [in German]

Angelika Nußberger & Spyridoula (Sissy) Katsoni, Chatting with Angelika Nußberger, Völkerrechtsblog, 13.10.2023

Angelika Nußberger, Entzweiung im Völkerrecht, Das Ringen um die Deutung des Völkerrechts zwischen Russland und dem Westen 1992-2022, in: Sicherheitsordnung in Europa, Analysen und Perspektiven nach dem Ende der Geschichte, p. 51-76, 2023

Sergii Masol, From Tartu and Bandung: Decolonising the Debates on the Russo-Ukrainian War, International Law Blog, 9 October 2023

Angelika Nußberger, „Money Talks“ im Spannungsverhältnis zwischen europäischen Freiheitsrechten und Persönlichkeitsschutz, in: Europäisches Steuerverfassungsrecht, 2023, p. 129-141

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