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State Crime Criminology and Transitional Justice with a Focus on Nazi Germany

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

Contact Hours

lecture: October 22nd, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
student presentation of papers: February 10 th and 11th, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Full attendance is mandatory!

Course Organization under Pandemic Conditions
face-to-face teaching


5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed


This course is going to take place at irregular intervals. It will be available in the winter term 2021/22.

Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue will be available for the winter semester from late August to late February and for the summer semester from late February to mid August on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to find out course rooms.

Course Description

All 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, Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung and Erinnerungskultur.
  2. Victims' resistance to the Nazi Regime (Jewish people, Sinti and Roma, prisoners of war, disabled people, LGBTQ+ and/or Jehova Wittnesses, etc.) in Germany.
  3. Education material and textbooks on Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany.
  4. Public discourse by Chancellors and Presidents on Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany.
  5. Media discourse on Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany.
  6. Memorialization of Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany.
  7. Victims’ testimonies in the trials in Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany.
  8. Challenges of the Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany.
  9. Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process and the raise of the Right-Wing in Germany.
  10. Critical perspectives on the German Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process as a worldwide model in Germany.
  11. Gender perspectives on the Post-Holocaust Transitional Justice Process in Germany.
  12. State-Corporate Crime and the Holocaust in Germany.
  13. Discussions on post-Holocaust legacy, antisemitism and xenophobia in the German 2021 elections.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

It will not be possible to sign up for this course via Campus Management.

In order to ask the course instructor for admission, please complete the following form an choose the topic you wish to work on before October 22ndhttps://1drv.ms/x/s!AgHpqYfWAZwSgjRxpxytRWPPg0H-?e=uY3DsE Should you have questions on this Excel file, please contact the course instructor, Dr. Valeria Vegh Weis valeriaveghweis@derecho.uba.ar

The Examination Office is going to enroll you on Campus Management, once you have been admitted by the course instructor.

De-Registration from this Course

Please contact

(1) the course instructor, Dr. Valeria Vegh Weis valeriaveghweis@derecho.uba.ar

(2) and the International Office at the Law Department which is going to delete this course from your Campus Management account.

Type of Exam

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


Papers should have about 20 pages (references excluded), letter Times New Roman 12, int. 1,5. 

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

The paper/presentation should be a literature review on the selected topic. If you want, you can also go further and include critical analysis of the topic or to develop a methodology of your choice.

For the literature review, you can use secondary literature from the Primo library and academic databases (Google Scholar, academia.edu, research gate, NO Wikipedia, please). If you want, you can also add primary sources from archives (e.g. FU - see Verena's PPT, German Resistance Memorial Center, Ghetto Fighters House, Yad Vashem, Leo Baeck Institute, Arolsen Archives, the Wiener Holocaust Library). Also, if you want, you can add media sources, social media inputs and even personal experience.


30 minutes duration + 15 minutes discussion + 15 minutes break

Exam Period

Papers Timeline

Abstract / structure of the paper: You are invited to send a structure of the paper or an abstract to the course instructur Dr. Valeria Vegh Weis valeriaveghweis@derecho.uba.ar before December 5th, 2021, or as earlier as you want, in order to receive feedback.

First draft: The first draft should be ready on January 15th, 2022, to be shared with one other student for feedback. Be kind and constructive, please! Feel free to share the paper with more than one student if desirable.

Comments: On February 1st, 2022 you should send the paper back with the comments to your colleague and receive yours so that you will have more than a week to work on the comments you received.

Please share the drafts in *.docx format so that it is easy to make comments.

Third draft: With the feedback provided during the presentations, you will have time to improve your paper further and send it to to the course instructur Dr. Valeria Vegh Weis valeriaveghweis@derecho.uba.ar on March 1st, 2021.

Registration for the Exam

International exchange students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.

De-Registration from the Exam

Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take part any longer, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

via Campus Management

The course instructor will send you the papers with comments and a grade composed by the paper + presentation + participation in class on March 15th, 2022.

Should your home university need your transcript of records earlier, please ask the course instructor for early submission and early grading.