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Legal policy, rule of law, constitutional and international law

Legal Policy, Rule of Law, Constitutional and International Law

The free democratic basic order as the basis of our coexistence

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First and foremost, our state is a liberal constitutional state that grants and secures the rights and dignity of its citizens.

Roman Herzog, seventh President of the Federal Republic of Germany

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Democracy Needs the Rule of Law – and Vice Versa

Rule of law and democracy are two of the fundamental constitutional principles enshrined in Article 20 of the German Constitution and pillars of our liberal basic order. Protecting and preserving them is what guides our actions and is of top priority. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s projects at both national and international level advocate for the recognition of democratic principles, their implementation and further development.

 

The Tension between Law and Politics

The balanced interaction between law and politics is essential for the legitimacy and performance of our state. Here, law and politics have a special relationship with one another: On the one hand, law is the outcome of political decisions, but at the same time law limits and controls the scope of action of politics. It is important to shape this tension in a productive way.

 

The Constitution as the Basis of Our Work

Constitutional law is the basis and core of our legal policy work. We would like to raise awareness about the significance of the Basic Law, and draw attention to conflicts and challenges surrounding the protection of fundamental rights and constitutional principles. Digitalisation and globalisation as well as changing social attitudes raise questions about the future of our liberal constitutional state. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provides and promotes ideas on how constitutional principles can be safeguarded and developed in light of this change.

To that end, we accompany legislative processes in all areas of society with analyses and recommendations on reform projects. We provide information about the judiciary, especially about current and fundamental decisions taken by the Federal Constitutional Court. We cultivate and promote exchange among representatives from politics, jurisprudence, the judiciary and society on current legal policy issues.

 

Thinking Internationally about the Rule of Law and Democracy

At the same time, our legal policy work is a reflection of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s European and international orientation. The increasing Europeanisation and internationalisation of almost all areas of life present legislators and courts with difficult tasks when making their decisions. Our aim is to promote the interaction between national, European and international law through consultation and exchange of ideas.


Worldwide for the Rule of Law

Since 1990, the foundation has complemented its international projects for democracy promotion and political dialogue with the global Rule of Law Programme.

International Rule of Law Programme

Weltkarte – Weltweit für den Rechtsstaat Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

 

The goals of the work of our Rule of Law Programme include encouraging and maintaining rule of law structures, advocating for the separation of powers and a strong, independent judiciary, as well as guaranteeing fundamental and human rights. The six regional programmes are located here: Bogotá (Colombia) for Latin America, Singapore for Asia, Nairobi (Kenya) and Dakar (Senegal) for Sub-Saharan Africa (Anglophone and Francophone), Bucharest (Romania) for South-east Europe and Beirut (Lebanon) for the Middle East/North Africa. The global work on rule of law is coordinated from Berlin, with a focus being on global rule of law issues.

 

Learn more about the Rule of Law Programme

Rule of Law Academy

Call for Applications

 

The Rule of Law as a political and legal commitment contributes profoundly to justice and prosperity in a community. It is a foundation stone for democratic governance and the full enjoyment of individual rights. It is also challenging to define, especially as different communities prioritize different facets of what is a complex concept. Does the Rule of Law require reflexive implementation of positive law, or does it demand appeals to elusive values like equity and dignity? On top of all this, the Rule of Law is fragile. It has blossomed relatively recently in human affairs. And it faces constant threats to its resonance and viability. The autocrats and thugs it disempowers will always seek to undermine or even eradicate the Rule of Law.

 

Learn more about the Rule of Law Academy


 

Event Series

Key to our work in the field of legal policy are the annual events of the Berliner Rechtspolitische Konferenz (Berlin Legal Policy Conference) and the Berlin Annual Review of decisions taken by the Federal Constitutional Court from the previous year.

Berlin Legal Policy Conference

Berliner Rechtspolitische Konferenz Titelbild

 

Once a year, high-ranking representatives from politics, academia and the judiciary come together at the traditional and distinguished Berlin Legal Policy Conference at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Academy to debate current legal policy issues in controversial panel discussions.

 

Learn more about the Berlin Legal Policy Conference

Berlin Annual Review

Das Karlsruher Gerichtsjahr_2022_1.jpeg @Juliane Liebers, KAS

 

With the Berlin Annual Review, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has created its own event series dedicated to the German Constitutional Court and its work as the supreme interpreter of the Constitution and guardian of the Basic Law. The main emphasis of this forum are the most important decisions taken by the Karlsruhe Court from last year.

 

Learn more about the Berlin Annual Review


 

Podcasts and Publication Projects

In our podcast "Rule of Law Rules", we look at issues surrounding the rule of law in the era of digitalisation. What is more, the drop-down menu below will provide you with multi-part publication projects on current legal policy issues.

Rule of Law Rules

Rule of Law Rules, Staffel 2 (de)

 

In 2021, the podcast “Rule of Law Rules” was produced on the annual theme of the Rule of Law Programmes “Rule of Law in the age of digitalization”. Dr Angela Daly interviews international experts on data protection, legal tech and the use of artificial intelligence. The podcast is in English and comprises twelve episodes.

 

Learn more about the Rule of Law Rules podcast

Contributions to the Debate on Assisted Suicide as an Act of Business

Blick in einen Tunnel

 

After the German Constitutional Court declared § 217 of the German Penal Code (StGB), which criminalised the commercial promotion of suicide, to be null and void in February 2020, politics and society now face the question on how to deal with wishes to die and assisted suicide. Read our contributions to the debate on the topic of commercial assisted suicide.

 

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Contributions to the Debate on Triage

Zwei Ärzte in OP-Kleidung besprechen sich. reuters

 

With the onset of the pandemic in Spring 2020, the question about how to deal with triage situations has gained frightening relevance. Here you will find a compilation of our legal policy contributions on the issue of triage.

 

Learn more about contributions to the debate on triage


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Publications to the topic

Senegalesische Demonstranten IMAGO / ZUMA Wire
Senegal's democracy passes the stress test
The Constitutional Council has repealed Macky Salls' decree of 03.02.24 annulling the elections
Publication TUDA-Lanna Beyond PM2.5
Beyond PM2.5
Environmental Justice and Insight Urban Solution for the Next Generation
Kas.de
Voting behaviour in line with Germany’s and China's positioning in the UN Human Rights Council 2023
Map of the Month 01/2024
Palais des Nations Geneva II
Geneva Barometer
Developments among Geneva-based international organisations from October to December 2023
Human Rights Day 2023 iStock
Human Rights Day: Legal experts discussing the intersection between human rights and climate change
Human Rights Day 2023
Kas.de
75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Map of the Month 12/2023
Eleanor Roosevelt
"The Most Important Document of the Century"
75 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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ESG principles and Disclosures in United Kingdom and South Africa (The Third Report)
Interdisciplinary Journal of Economics and Business Law (IJEBL)
SDGs_Presentation_no_logo (1) UN Photo
At the mid-point of the 2030 agenda: some reflections on Justice for All
United Nations Day
International Day for People of African Descent UN Photo/Evan Schneider
Driving Change Towards Racial Justice and Equality
International Day for People of African Descent
Multilateraler Dialog Genf, Genfer Grosswetterlage UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré
Geneva Barometer
Developments among Geneva-based international organisations from end-April to mid-July 2023
Waage mit EU-Flagge im Hintergrund Corgarashu, stock.adobe.com
Between dialogue and resistance The conflict on the final word in the European judicial order
An analysis of current developments and conflicts between national constitutional courts and the European Court of Justice (ECJ)
Kas.de
Urgent debate on Quran burning and key votes at 53rd UN Human Rights Council
Map of the Month 07/2023
Podiumsdiskussion Fürstenwalde 5.7.23 Stephan Raabe
Probleme der inneren Sicherheit
Wo lauern die größten Gefahren und wie ist ihnen zu begegnen?
Guillermo Lasso IMAGO / ZUMA Wire
Ecuador: Muerte Cruzada Keeps President Guillermo Lasso in Office
By using the controversial but constitutional tool of muerte cruzada, President Lasso avoids imminent impeachment and provokes dissolution of Ecuador's National Assembly.
01-KAS-ATLAS-2023
Concise Atlas of International Geneva 2021/2022
Developments of international Geneva in maps
Study Creating a European Municipality of Novo Selo - Integrity Policy for 0 Corruption
Creating a European Municipality of Novo Selo: Integrity Policy for Zero Corruption
Integrity Study and Integrity Handbook
Study Creating a European Municipality of Gevgelija - Integrity Policy for 0 Corruption
Creating a European Municipality of Gevgelija: Integrity Policy for Zero Corruption
Integrity Study and Integrity Handbook
Publication cover_Jaecke_Nostalgia for the Kremlin
Nostalgia for the Kremlin reigns in South Africa
Cover Quo Vadis Publication
Quo Vadis, Art. 62?
The challenge of a double executive vacancy for the Lebanese Constitution

Event Reports on the topic

Event Reports on the topic

Der Jana Reimann-Grohs/KAS
Der Berliner Jahresrückblick 2024
Rückblick auf die Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts
Das Grundgesetz für dich und mich
Grundrechtearena an der Trude-Herr-Gesamtschule in Köln
01_75 Jahre Grundgesetz 148 Geb Konrad Adenauer 96
Jahresauftakt zu 75 Jahre Grundgesetz
Gruppenfoto KAS Bremen
Folgt nun die Renaissance des Weimarer Dreiecks?
17. Rechtspolitische Konferenz 2023 Jana Reimann-Grohs/KAS
Einwanderungsland Deutschland – Rechtliche Perspektiven im Spannungsfeld der Migrationspolitik
17. Berliner Rechtspolitische Konferenz
Podiumsgäste 2 A B
Braucht Bremen einen Neustaat
Abendveranstaltung zum Thema Bürokratie und zu Nadine Schön’s Buch „Neustaat“
VA Rücksicht und Respekt im Fußball-Museum Dortmund
Rücksicht und Respekt auf jeder Ebene der Gesellschaft
Eine Veranstaltung im Deutschen Fußballmuseum
Der Berliner Jahresrückblick 2023 Juliane Liebers
Das Karlsruher Gerichtsjahr 2022
Der Berliner Jahresrückblick auf die Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts 2023
Dr. Michael Borchard, Prof. Norbert Lammert, Prof. Hedwig Richter, Prof. Dieter Grimm (v.l.n.r.). KAS/Christiane Stahr
Zur Rolle des Grundgesetzes in der Geschichtsschreibung über die Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Kommt die Wirkungsgeschichte der deutschen Verfassung und des Bundesverfassungsgerichts zu kurz?
(v.l.n.r.) Alfred Schier, Phoenix-Moderator, Dr. Peter Hefele, Politikberater, Brüssel, und Johannes Winkel, Vorsitzender der Jungen Union Deutschlands, Berlin Martin Reuber
Stresstest für die liberalen Demokratien
Argumente gegen die totalitäre Versuchung
KAS Veranstaltung Chorweiler Respekt
Rücksicht und Respekt - Wie gehen wir in Zukunft miteinander um?
Ein Abend mit Herbert Reul in Köln-Chorweiler
Rechtspolitische Konferenz 2022 Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.
Was Europa im Innersten zusammenhält – Konflikte und Reformansätze in der EU
16. Berliner Rechtspolitische Konferenz
Talk im Bahnhof 13.09.2022
Der Streit ums letzte Wort
Talk im Bahnhof „Das Bundesverfassungsgericht – Hüter des Grundgesetzes“
Das Karlsruher Gerichtsjahr_2022_1.jpeg @Juliane Liebers, KAS
Das Karlsruher Jubiläumsjahr — 70 Jahre Bundesverfassungsgericht
Der Berliner Jahresrückblick auf die Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts 2021
Rechtspolitische Konferenz Juliane Liebers
"Der Greta-Effekt und die Gerichtsbarkeit. Judizialisierung des Klimaschutzes – Ausweg oder Irrweg?"
15. Berliner Rechtspolitische Konferenz
Der vernachlässigte Rechtsstaat Bild von Hans Braxmeier auf Pixabay
„Der vernachlässigte Rechtsstaat“
Online-Frühstücksrunde mit Thorsten Schleif und Dr. Oguzhan Yazici.
Blick auf das Bundesverfassungsgericht in Karslruhe Nicola Quarz / flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
Kontroverse Karlsruher Kontrolldichte
Jahresrückblick auf die Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts 2020
Triage-Schild an einem Notarzt-Zelt Brian Gratwicke / flickr / CC BY 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Auf der Suche nach gerechten Auswahlverfahren in Triage-Situationen
Fachgespräch über die Zuteilung intensivmedizinischer Ressourcen in Krisenzeiten / Fragen des Diskriminierungsschutzes und der Rechtssicherheit
Stephan Harbarth beim CDU Parteitag wikimedia/Olaf Kosinsky/CC by SA 3.0
„Die Verfassung gilt uneingeschränkt auch in krisenhaften Zeiten der Pandemie.“
Der Präsident des Bundesverfassungsgerichts, Prof. Stephan Harbarth, sprach in der KAS über den Rechtsstaat in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie.
Gesichtserkennungskameras scannen Personen am Südkreuz, Berlin dpa
Biometrische Gesichtserkennung in der Polizeiarbeit
Fachgespräch über technische und verfassungsrechtliche Machbarkeit

Publications

Media library

Recording of the Event from 23.1.2024
Are we doing enough? - EU sanctions against Russia - a review
In an interview with Prof. Dr. Viktor Winkler LL.M. (Havard), we take a look at the patchwork of EU sanctions and discuss their effects, benefits and risks.
Erststimme: Norbert Lammert & Antje Boetius
Dein Klima-Politik-Mixtape - Das besondere Verhältnis von Wissenschaft & Politik
Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert und Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius sind bei uns im Gespräch! Und wie kann es anders sein, sprechen sie über das Verhältnis von Wissenschaft und Politik.
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Statement
Norbert Lammert on the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
"Human rights are not laws of nature. [...], they must be protected & defended by people who take the claim to the inviolability of human dignity seriously".
OUTA explainer video
How should Parliament work?
Please enjoy this superb video by our partner organisation OUTA on a) how SA's government works, b) why parliament is failing, c) what parliament should do and d) how to fix SA.
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A Closer Look: The New Tunisian Draft Constitution
A Closer Look: The New Tunisian Draft Constitution
On the 25th July 2022 Tunisia will be voting on a new draft constitution. What can we expect? We asked the experts: Prof. Salsabil Klibi, Saïd Bernabia and Dr. Malte Gaier.
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Berliner Jahresrückblick 2022
Das Karlsruher Jubiläumsjahr (1. Teil)
Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung blickt auf die Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts 2021. Sehen Sie hier den 1. Teil des Videomitschnitts der gesamten Veranstaltung.
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Berliner Jahresrückblick 2022
Das Karlsruher Jubiläumsjahr (2. Teil)
Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung blickt auf die Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts 2021. Sehen Sie hier den 2. Teil des Videomitschnitts der gesamten Veranstaltung.
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Berliner Jahresrückblick 2022
Das Karlsruher Jubiläumsjahr (3. Teil)
Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung blickt auf die Rechtsprechung des Bundesverfassungsgerichts 2021. Sehen Sie hier den 3. Teil des Videomitschnitts der gesamten Veranstaltung.
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Rule of Law Rules Podcast
#12: Ivan Rašić on Legal Technology in Southeast Europe
Rašić works at “Start it smart”, the biggest entrepreneurship club in Bulgaria. Their goal is to spread the entrepreneurship culture and way of thinking among the young people.
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Rule of Law Rules Podcast
#11: Hannah Lim on Legal Technology in South East Asia
As Head of Rule of Law and Emerging Markets at LexisNexis in Singapore, Hannah identifies areas where LexisNexis can, leveraging on technology, support the rule of law.
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