Deutsches Haus at NYU and New York University School of Law present a talk by the Hauser Distinguished Global Fellow, Justice Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Susanne Baer, LL.M. on "Judging Matters. The Constitutional Court in Context," followed by a conversation with Dr. Christian Martin. The event will be introduced by Dr. Thomas Streinz, adjunct professor at New York University School of Law and Institute Fellow at the Institute for International Law and Justice.
With the rule of law and democracy under pressure in many settings, constitutional law becomes more important as a guarantee of the rules of the game by the minute. Justice Baer will share observations on the role courts play in such a situation, and discuss some features of the approach the German Federal Constitutional Court developed to embed nation-states in international contexts, to fulfill the promise to protect the disempowered, and to contribute to the effort to share a social space based on dignity, liberty and equality.
A light breakfast will be served.
About the panelists:
Justice Prof. Dr. Dr. hc. Susanne Baer, LL.M. is a sitting Justice of the First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, often referred to as "Karlsruhe." Her background is academic as well as activist. She is a professor of law and gender studies at Humboldt University in Berlin and a member of the Global Faculty of Michigan Law School, has founded the Law & Society Institute, the Human Rights Law Clinic and the GenderCompetenceCentre at Humboldt University and the German Gender Studies Association, co-drafted the equality research standards of the German Research Foundation, and initiated collaborative projects against domestic violence. Her published work in English includes a leading casebook on Comparative Constitutionalism (with Dorsen, Rosenfeld, Sajo, Mancini).
Christian Martin is a professor of political science at the University of Kiel, Germany. He currently holds the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at New York University. Martin has studied political science at the University of Konstanz and holds a doctorate from there (2002). Martin was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz and at the Max-Planck-Institute in Jena (2003-2004). He was an assistant professor at the University of Hamburg (2004-2008) and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University (2008-2011). Martin’s research interests focus on the political conditions and consequences of globalization and regional integration. He has published on the effects of globalization for electoral participation and on the incentive to adopt more proportional voting systems in a highly globalized environment. His current research project is on backlashes against globalization and EU integration. Most recently, Martin has written on voter turnout and the rise of the far-right German AfD as well as on the electoral fate of the German Social Democrats.
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"Judging Matters. The Constitutional Court in Context" is a DAAD-supported event.