Legal Policy, Rule of Law, Constitutional and International Law
Legal policy, rule of law, constitutional and international law
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
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.
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
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.
Berlin Annual Review
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.
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
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.
Contributions to the Debate on Assisted Suicide as an Act of Business
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.
Contributions to the Debate on Triage
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.
Publications to the topic
Zeit für Neues in Venezuela
Opposition beendet Interimsregierung um Juan Guaidó
Voluntary contributions to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2022
Map of the Month 12/2022
Staatsangehörigkeitsrecht im internationalen Vergleich
Chile Rejects New Constitutional Draft in Referendum – But the Need for Reform Remains
Indonesiens umstrittene Strafrechtsreform
35th Special Session of UN Human Rights Council on Islamic Republic of Iran
Map of the Month 11/2022
Proteste im Iran
Für die Sehnsucht nach einem normalen Leben
Joint Statements on the situation of human rights in Xinjiang at the 51st UN Human Rights Council
Map of the Month 09/2022
Of the Child Who Never Learned to Walk
South Sudan’s Statehood: A Story of Failure
A Gridlocked State
Bosnia and Herzegovina between EU Aspirations and Politically Induced Paralysis
Desinformation als Kriegsinstrument
Russische Narrative zur Rolle Polens im Rahmen des Angriffskrieges
Ersatzstimme und Zweitstimmendeckung passen nicht in ein verständliches Wahlrecht
Eine Diskussion von aktuellen Vorschlägen der Wahlrechtskommission zur Verkleinerung des Bundestags
In the Eye of the Storm: The State of African Immigrants' Businesses in Durban
Präsidentschaftswahlen mit Signalwirkung
Droupadi Murmu – ein Sieg für Frauen in der Politik, die indigene Bevölkerung und die BJP
Die wehrhafte(re) Demokratie
Russland und zehn weitere Gefahren für unsere Freiheit
Wie Verfassungsgerichte arbeiten, und wovon es abhängt, ob sie integrieren oder polarisieren
Deeskalation oder Sonderkommission?
Zum Umgang mit verfestigt autonomen Szenen in deutschen Großstädten
Nelson Mandela International Day, 2002: South African Scholars reflecting on Madiba’s legacy
Nelson Mandela International Day
Using the Law in the Fight Against Violence
Interview: The War in Ukraine from an International Law Perspective
Kuba ein Jahr nach den Protesten vom 11. Juli 2021 („11J“)
Die Wurzeln des Protests und seine Folgen bestehen weiter – keine Besserung in Sicht
Events on the topic
Cottbuser Runde: Ungarn - Ein schwieriger Partner in Europa?
Mit Bence Bauer LL.M. wollen wir uns die Rolle Ungarns in der EU und dessen Geschichte seit der Transformation genauer anschauen.
Die Verteidigung der Ukraine
Überleben als Demokratie!
100 Jahre Türkei
Von Atatürk zu Erdogan