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New Normality? Perspectives on Contemporary Research on State of Exception

With the following text, we finally publish the concluding chapter of the forthcoming issue Matthias Lemke  / Ece Göztepe / Olivier Cahn (Ed.), New Normality? State of Emergency as Contemporary Government Technique. The editors are happy to present this last piece of the outcome of the #StatEx-2017-Conference that was held in Paris at the German Historical Institute one year ago. The concluding chapter will be published – together with the other articles already presented on this blog – as the 3/2018-issue of the German Journal of Political Science. … „New Normality? Perspectives on Contemporary Research on State of Exception“ weiterlesen

HS Bund: Neue Unterrichtsmaterialien online

Die Unterrichtsmaterialien für die Lehrveranstaltung 15.14 „Freiheitsrechte in der polizeilichen Sicherheitspraxis II“ sind ab sofort online verfügbar. Zum Online-Kursraum gelangen Sie hier. Zum Öffnen der Dokumente (pdf-Format) benötigen Sie ein Passwort, das im Rahmen der ersten Unterrichtsstunde bekannt gegeben wird. Die Lehrunterlagen (LU) sind identisch mit denen, die sich auch im Reader befinden (außer LU4, diese ist nur online verfügbar). Falls erforderlich, können allerdings lediglich die online verfügbaren Dokumente aktualisiert werden, nicht jedoch die in Papierform vorliegenden. Bitte beachten Sie zudem, dass die Texte … „HS Bund: Neue Unterrichtsmaterialien online“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #16

Jonas Heller: Democracy and state of exceptionas dialectic between demosand population. Within democratic orders, it is the declared aim of a state of exception to secure or restore the endangered foundation of democracy. The provided measures are undemocratic insofar they directly affect individual rights as the principle on which democracy is based. By suspending rights, the state of exception treats individuals not as members of a democratic community (demos), but as parts of a population which has to be secured. Whereas individuals rights enable individuals to be part … „New Normality? – Abstract #16“ weiterlesen

CfA: 3rd Young Researchers Workshop on Terrorism and Belligerency in Haifa

The Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions (RLEC) at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law and the Geography and Environmental Studies Department, invite submissions for participation in the third young researchers workshop on “Terrorism and Belligerency”. The workshop will be held from February 3-17, 2019, at the Minerva Center, University of Haifa. Subject-Matter of WorkshopFollowing the success of the first two workshops held in September 2016 (see here), and February 2018 (see here), the Minerva Center for RLEC is … „CfA: 3rd Young Researchers Workshop on Terrorism and Belligerency in Haifa“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #15

Julian Müller: European Human Rights Protection in Times of Terrorism—the State of Emergency and the Emergency Clause of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Like most human rights treaties, the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) contains an emergency clause (Art. 15 ECHR). This clause defines the conditions for—and the limits of—a derogation from the human rights obligations under the convention in the case of an emergency. Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015, the state of emergency (état d’urgence) was … „New Normality? – Abstract #15“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #14

Jan Christoph Suntrup: The Symbolic Politics of the State of Exception: Images and Performances. This article discusses selected examples of the state of exception’s symbolic embeddedness and symbolic performances related to it. After suggesting a revision of a simplistic understanding of the term “symbolic politics” as developed by Murray Edelman and others who confine symbolic action mainly to the realm of deception and manipulation, the symbolic force of rhetoric in exceptional times will be demonstrated by looking at recent examples from the French context. In … „New Normality? – Abstract #14“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #13

Dante Gatmaytan: Duterte, Judicial Deference, and Democratic Decay in the Philippines Democracy in the Philippines is in a state of decay. As with many other nations, the Constitution contains provisions allowing the Chief Executive to place the country or any part thereof in a state of exception in case of emergencies. This, however, is not a problem because the Constitution likewise ordained a system of checks and balances. To stave off abuse, the Judiciary, a co-equal branch of the Executive, was empowered to review any … „New Normality? – Abstract #13“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #12

Annette Förster: The Expansion of Executive Force in the War on Terror and its Impact on Domestic and International Norms. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11 2001, the United States have been in a continuing state of emergency. The formal state of exception is one element of a two-headed development: the expansion of executive force accompanied by the reduction of democratic control mechanisms and legal protections from abuse. The balance of power between the branches has shifted and the limits of the legitimate exercise … „New Normality? – Abstract #12“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #11

Ece Göztepe: The Permanency of the State of Emergency in Turkey. The Rise of a Constituent Power or Only a New Quality of the State? Working on the state of emergency/exception requires inevitably an idea of normality. For the first time the Roman law came up with the idea of ruling the state of exception before the exceptional conditions emerge and the Romans decided to locate the exceptional power beside the normal system. Even the terms and the content of the exceptional powers of the Roman … „New Normality? – Abstract #11“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #10

Elisa Bertolini: Democracy and the State of Exception. The Italian experience. The Italian experience offers some interesting insights when dealing with the state of exception and emergency situations. The 1948 Constitution does not provide for any emergency section. Nevertheless, it provides for instruments to enact whenever a situation of necessity and urgency occurs. What is peculiar of the Italian experience is the misuse (or abuse) of the law decree, which has established a governmental legislation. A more recent practice has been to resort to emergency … „New Normality? – Abstract #10“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #9

Myriam Feinberg: States of Emergency in France and Israel—Terrorism, “permanent emergencies,” and democracy This article examines the consequences on democracy of “permanent emergencies” linked to terrorism, through the examples and a comparison of France and Israel’s states of emergency (SoE). France was under a SoE for two years. Israel has been under a SoE since its creation in 1948. In both cases, a new terrorism law was adopted which was intended to replace the SoE but which, in fact, enshrined a number of emergency measures … „New Normality? – Abstract #9“ weiterlesen

DVPW-Kongress 2018 – Twitter Take Over

Nur noch gut zwei Tage, dann geht es los in Frankfurt (Main): Im Rahmen des anstehenden Kongresses der DVPW übernehme ich am Freitag (28.9.) von 9:10 bis 10:30 den Account @dvpw. Freue mich schon sehr – und bin gespannt auf die Inhalte und Debatten am Morgen nach der Kongressparty.   Vor und nach mir twittern die Kolleginnen und Kollegen Heike Mauer, Christopher Nguyen, Christoph Bieber, Antje Wiener, Svenja Gödecke, Elvira Rosert, Cord Schmelzle, Michael Hein, Sassan Gholiagha, Silvia Steiniger, Petra Guasti, Vera van Hüllen, … „DVPW-Kongress 2018 – Twitter Take Over“ weiterlesen

What does state of exception mean? – A definitional and analytical approach

Introduction to: New Normality? The introductory article first proposes a definition of the state of exception. A purely legal perspective proves to be insufficient. On the contrary, it is necessary, especially in analytical terms, to consider discursive and practical elements in order to adequately grasp the state of exception. In addition, it introduces the contributionsof this volume. Full text is available via Springerlink an can be downloaded here. Einleitung zu: New Normality? Der einleitende Beitrag schlägt zunächst eine Begriffsbestimmung des Ausnahmezustandes vor. Eine rein … „What does state of exception mean? – A definitional and analytical approach“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #8

Anne-Marlen Engler: Shifting the Question to Law Itself: Agamben’s Permanent State of Exceptionand German Refugee Camps in Empirical Research. The article examines to what extent Giorgio Agamben’s idea of a permanent state of emergencycan be found in German refugee camps. Therefore, first results from empirical research in the emergency shelter at Tempelhof Airport Berlin will be presented. In the empirical research, the author follows the three levels of regulation, conflict resolution and legal integration to shed legal light on the emergency accommodation at Berlin Tempelhof … „New Normality? – Abstract #8“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #7

Hanno Balz: Head of State of Exception. Federal German chancellor Helmut Schmidt and the supralegal crisis management during the 1970s During the escalation of the “German Autumn” in 1977 the Federal German government resorted to a specific form of crisis management that had been described as an undeclared state of exception. It was Federal chancellor Helmut Schmidt in the first place who oversaw the anti-terrorist measures in the situation room where the executive branch ruled for six weeks beyond any parliamentary control. This article examines the … „New Normality? – Abstract #7“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #6

Thomas Blanck: A Revolutionary State of Exception – Munich, 1918/19 Der Artikel schlägt ein dreidimensionales Modell vor, das die Revolutionszeit in München in den Jahren 1918/1919 als verlängerten und sich selbst verstärkenden Ausnahmezustand während der Übergangsperiode nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg interpretiert: Auf einer ersten, rechtlichen Ebene, ist festzuhalten, dass die Revolution keineswegs das Ende des umfangreichen Systems von Dekreten, Verordnungen und Gesetzen bedeutete. Im Gegenteil, die Ad-hoc-Rechtsprechung wurde durch die Einrichtung von Volksgerichten und die spätere Einführung des Kriegsrechts noch verstärkt. Auf einer zweiten … „New Normality? – Abstract #6“ weiterlesen

New Normality? – Abstract #5

Sabine Mischner: The Temporalities of Exception. The Long Shadow of the American Civil War In this paper, it is argued that one should take a closer look at the temporalities the ‘state of exception’. In rhetoric legitimizing a state of exception, it is usually a clean-cut periodization that is implied. I will show that this implicit proposition is fundamentally flawed. As a case study, I analyze the American Civil War during which the extent of presidential war powers has been vigorously tested, setting precedents whose … „New Normality? – Abstract #5“ weiterlesen