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The KFG "The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?" invites applications for a student assistant. The closing date for applications is 04.02.2020 and the application process is open from 13.01.2020.

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KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 40

Working Paper No. 40, “Pronouncements of Expert Treaty Bodies: From ‘Black Boxes’ to ‘Key Catalysts’ in International Law?“ by Janina Barkholdt and Nina Reiners has been published.

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The German Research Foundation funds the Berlin Potsdam Research Group on ‘The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?’ for another four years


The German Research Foundation continues to fund the Berlin Potsdam Research Group on ‘The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?’ for another four years. The Research Group, which took up its work in 2015 and is supported by Freie Universität, Humboldt Universität and Universität Potsdam, examines the role of international law in a changing global order. It assumes that a systemically relevant crisis of international law of unusual proportions is currently taking place which requires a reassessment of the state and the role of the international legal order. In the second funding period, the group will focus on which type of international law we may see emerging. The Research Group examines, amongst others, the effects of identity politics on international legal values, inquires into the state and development of sources and other structural rules of international law, and analyses challenges for, and the resilience of, international institutions.

The Research Group brings together international lawyers - Heike Krieger (Freie Universität Berlin), Georg Nolte (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), and Andreas Zimmermann (Universität Potsdam) - as well as political scientists - Andrew Hurrell (University Oxford) and Andrea Liese (Universität Potsdam) – as well as the political philosopher Stefan Gosepath (Freie Universität Berlin). The Research Group, which has so far been located at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, will continue its work at Freie Universität Berlin from 1 October 2019 onwards.

An important pillar of the Research Group consists in a fellow program for international researchers who visit the Group for periods of up to two years. Individual research projects benefit from dense interdisciplinary exchanges among senior scholars, practitioners, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students from diverse academic backgrounds. Public events contribute to a transfer of the research results to a broader public audience.


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