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Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions - Conference

The Goettingen Journal of International Law is pleased to announce that we will take part in a conference in November 2018. The joint research project of the Institute of International and European Law of the University of Göttingen and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law will be holding this conference in Göttingen, Germany under the title “Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions”. The conference is a culmination of a joint research project directed by Prof. Tomer Broude and Prof. Andreas L. Paulus and examines economic and social rights from a comparative perspective, looking at German, Israeli and European legal systems and their respective constitutional, legislative and jurisprudential experiences, as well as the universal human rights framework under the auspices of the United Nations. In addition to this call, Prof. Paulus and Prof. Broude, junior researchers of the project and associate and invited scholars will present their research at the conference.

Scholars who work on economic and social rights are invited to submit abstracts. The proceedings of the conference and papers presented will be published in one of our upcoming issues. See the call for papers and the conference website for more details.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 1 June 2018. Accepted proposals will be notified by 1 July 2018. Full papers due for submission by 1 November 2018.

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Human Rights in Times of Terror - Is Collective Security the Enemy of Individual Freedom?

Jutta Limbach



I have chosen a subject that concerns our two states - Israel and Germany - and that time and again poses a challenge to our courts: the respect of human rights in times of terrorism. In Israel as in Germany there exists a firm consensus on the need to fight terror. In both states there is much controversy regarding the best way to conduct this fight. The question is raised whether collective security is the enemy of individual freedom. As Aharon Barak rightly stated: “Fighting against terrorism in an effective manner entails finding the right balance between security and public interests, on one hand, and the need to safeguard human rights and basic freedoms, on the other.”[1]


This dilemma is well known to the Israeli legal system. Since its foundation, the state of Israel has been the target of threats to its existence and of terrible terrorist activities. Therefore the Israeli experience - not only in the legal-judicial field - is important for those, who are involved in the fight against terrorism. I have to thank my former colleague Aharon Barak, who informed me regularly, and with regard to my speech today, of the decisions of the Supreme Court concerning torture, the separation fence and other questions in this context.

[1] Aharon Barak, Introduction: The Supreme Court and the Problem of Terrorism, in: Israel Supreme Court (ed.), Judgments of the Israel Supreme Court: Fighting Terrorism within the Law, 2005, 5.


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