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Seminar on 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.

Course Type
online course in the summer term 2021, no classroom teaching
Contact Hours
Students must be online during the dates and times provided in the course catalogue. Please check the course hours through the link provided under the headline "Time Schedule and Course Venue" (below).


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

Course Organization

intensive course over three days (1 preparatory lecture and two seminar days)


This course is going to take place for the first time in the summer term 2021.

Time Schedule and 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 "Fremdsprachiges rechtswissenschaftliches Lehrangebot" in order to find out course hours and 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’ 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.

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.

Please write an e-mail to the course instructor, Dr. Valeria Vegh Weis valeriaveghweis@derecho.uba.ar, before the first lecture.

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 on Campus Management.

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), margins 1/3 and letter Times New Roman 12. 

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 in German, English or Spanish.

Exam Period

during the two seminar days in June

The deadline for the submission of the paper is June 15th at midnight.

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