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Seminar on State Crime Criminology and Transitional Justice with a focus on Nazi Germany

News vom 17.03.2021

Dr. Valeria Vegh Weis


The seminar will be held as a block on June 28th and 29th from 10.00 to 18 hs. when students will present the elaborated papers with a seminar presentation. PPT is allowed.

The prerequisite for participation is the prior attendance of a lecture on “State Crime Criminology, Transitional Justice, and the Nazi Regime” to be held on April 19, 2021 from 10 to 14 hs.


Students will write a seminar paper, give a seminar lecture and participation in the discussion of the other students’ presentations.

Papers should have between 20 pages (references excluded). Margins 1/3 and letter Times New Roman 12. Deadline for submission of the paper is June 15th midnight.

It is possible to discuss the content of the work and to send a draft before the seminar (optional). Please contact me directly at valeriaveghweis@derecho.uba.ar (preferred) or vvw210@zedat.fu-berlin.de. Feel free to write me in German, English or Spanish.


Note: all the topics should be based on processes, legal innovations and socio-legal practices that took place within Germany in any period of choice from 1933 to today. Students can choose to focus on a broad analysis of an extended period (e.g. broad analysis of the Chancellors/Presidents discourses on Holocaust Remembrance Day from post-war to today) or a specific Chancellor or speech (e.g. the last Presidential speech in 2020) and any possibility in between.

  1. Critical reflection on the concepts of transitional justice, state crime criminology, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, Vergangenheitsausarbeitung and Erinnerungskultur.
  2. Victims’ organizations dealing with Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany.
  3. Victims’ Resistance to the Nazi Regime (Jewish people, Sinti and Roma, prisoners of war, disabled people, LGTBQ+, Jehovah Witnesses, etc.).
  4. Education material and textbooks on Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process.
  5. Public discourse by Chancellors and Presidents on Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process.
  6. Media discourse on Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process.
  7. Memorialization of Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process.
  8. Grassroots initiatives on Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process.
  9. Differences between East and West Germany in Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process.
  10. Victims’ testimonies in the trials in Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process.
  11. Challenges of the Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process.
  12. Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process and the raise of the Right-Wing.
  13. Critical perspectives on the German Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process as a worldwide model.
  14. Gender perspectives on the Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process.
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