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Rechtskulturen - The current situation

We are delighted and relieved that the continuation of the research program Rechtskulturen is now secured for the entire academic year 2013/2014. The Volkswagen Foundation will generously cover the stipends for seven Rechtskulturen Fellows. Furthermore, we are in the process of raising additional funding for academic events. For now, the threat to the very existence of the research program Rechtskulturen could be prevented. However, there will be no call for applications for Rechtskulturen Fellowships for the upcoming academic year 2014/2015. We are now entering a phase of reorganization and preparation for the next steps in the program's development.

In late summer 2013, the Berlin Senate for Economy, Technology and Research announced the suspension of the financial support for the Forum Transregionale Studien and its programs as of January 2014. These plans have been made on purely financial-technocratic grounds, and without any reference to the academic quality of the work of the programs. Although the initial plans of the Berlin Senate to suspend the funding of the Forum were partially withdrawn in mid-November 2013, Rechtskulturen could not benefit from this decision and we had, within a very tight time frame, to raise our own funding. However, the Berlin Senate's budget for 2014/2015 will at least provide the Forum's head office with financial support. Thus, the continuation of the Forum Transregionale Studien as a research organization is secured for the time being.

We are most grateful for the overwhelming support we received from so many people:

  • In more than 50 individual statements, scholars from Germany and from all over the globe gave testimony to the importance of the Forum Transregionale Studien and its' programs Rechtskulturen, EUME, and Zukunftsphilologie for both, themselves personally and for the development of their respective scholarly disciplines. The testimonials highlight the innovative character and international appeal of the Forum.
  • In August 2013, a Rechtskulturen petition was launched with 95 renowned first signatories. In total, more than 500 international scholars from the field of interdisciplinary legal research signed this petition.
  • A group of German Postdocs who work within different sub-disciplines of legal scholarship expressed their protest against the Berlin Senate's decision (in German only).



Upcoming Events

Mon 05 May 2014
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Berliner Seminar Recht im Kontext Constitution Writing, Democracy and Religious Freedom in Religiously Divided Societies
Hanna Lerner (Tel Aviv)
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Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Villa Jaffé, Wallotstr. 10, 14193 Berlin
Tue 06 May 2014
4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Rechtskulturen Reading Circle History of Human Rights
Convener: José-Manuel Barreto
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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Juristische Fakultät, Room E23, Unter den Linden 9, 10099 Berlin
Mon 12 May 2014
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Rechtskulturen Conversation Book Talk with Justice Sonia Sotomayor (US Supreme Court)
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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin