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Research & Academia

Existing law reproduces material inequality and leads to injustices and needs to be reformed. This can only be achieved when voices from research and academia speak up in favor of a progressive application and development of the law in a way that benefits those who are marginalized and oppressed. Furthermore, we want to strengthen a practice-oriented theory as well as a critical reflection on human rights practice. ECCHR participates in research projects, organizes academic symposia and workshops and engages in interdisciplinary cooperation with universities, research institutions and experts worldwide.

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Grave Crimes

Crimes during liberation wars: The Lumumba murder

Research & Academia

The criminal investigation into Lumumba’s assassination is part of a broader context of structural impunity for the crimes committed by European colonial powers during decolonization. While the long-term effects of colonization persist, direct accountability is rarely possible.

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New perspectives on the law: Decolonial legal critique and practice

Research & Academia

The anthology Dekoloniale Rechtskritik und Rechtspraxis, which will be published by Nomos Verlag in August 2020, is the first volume to collect fundamental texts on decolonial legal theory. Interdisciplinary theoretical approaches by scholars such as Antony Anghie, Martti Koskenniemi, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui and Makau Mutua are complied in German for the first time.

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(Post)colonial injustice and legal interventions

Research & Academia

The development of international law is closely interwoven with European colonialization. Colonial violence was frequently covered up and injustice developed into a legal system. With the “Koloniales Erbe/Colonial Repercussions” event series, ECCHR examined the structures of colonial power relations, which continue to impact on science, art and society today.

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Cooperation with universities

Research & Academia

The exchange with universities takes place through a number of different avenues, such as collaborative seminars on human rights issues or the participation of ECCHR staff in university courses.

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Corporate liability workshop and publication

Research & Academia

In March 2017, ECCHR organized an expert workshop at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. Together with professors, emergent legal researchers and practitioners discussed questions of corporate liability for human rights abuses abroad. A result of the workshop was the volume "Die Durchsetzung menschenrechtlicher Sorgfaltspflichten von Unternehmen" (Nomos).