Research event

Webinar: COVID-19 and the German Constitution

A presentation by Pierre Thielbörger (Ruhr University Bochum / Hertie School). This webinar is part of the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

How far does the German constitution, compared to other legal orders, allow for fundamental rights to be restricted in times of crises? How far can the German state change its institutional set-up as well as its legislative procedure to adjust to crisis mode? Where are the constitutional limits to restrictions such as curfews, social distancing and forced closure of businesses and has the German state in its COVID-19 response observed them?

Join us for a presentation by Pierre Thielbörger to discuss the responses to the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of the German legal system (both at the level of the German constitution (Grundgesetz) and relevant German legislation (including the Infektionsschutzgesetz), and from a comparative perspective in light of the requirements under international human rights law.

Pierre Thielbörger is Professor of German Public Law and International Law, with a focus on International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, at the Ruhr University Bochum. He is also Executive Director of the Institute for the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) in Bochum. He holds degrees in law, journalism and public policy from the universities of Hamburg and Harvard as well as a PhD in international law from the European University Institute in Florence. He also studied at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and at McGill University, Montréal. He is co-editor of the peer-reviewed journals "Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict" ("Humanitäres Völkerecht") and the "Journal of International Peace and Organization" ("Die Friedens-Warte"). He is also Chairman of the General Assembly of the Europe-wide "Network on Humanitarian Action" (NOHA) as well as the co-convener of the interest group on human rights at the European Society of International Law (ESIL).

This event is part of the Fundamental Rights Research Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

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