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Juni 2020

Die Corona-Krise und das Völkerrecht

The corona pandemic is currently putting international law to the test. How can the crisis caused by this pandemic be alleviated through global cooperation and solidarity? The 1. Digitale Völkerrechtssalon [First Digital Salon on International Law] is organised and moderated by Erika de Wet (Graz/Bonn) and Matthias C. Kettemann (Hamburg/Berlin/Graz).
On Thursday, 4 June 2020, 5 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. - via Skype for Business - registration by e-mail to manuela.rusz @ uni-graz.at


Modern international law is an international law of cooperation. It is particularly put to the test in crises. Pandemics require not only cooperation between states, but also in science. Nevertheless, factual measures, legal restrictions and political discourse often remain at the national level. Against this background, the 1. Digitale Völkerrechtssalon deals with important questions:
  • How can cooperation function when states isolate themselves and traffic and travel flows are interrupted?
  • How should international solidarity and multilateralism be promoted in the sense of the GM Resolution A/RES/74/270 of 3 April 2020?
  • How can human rights be protected when implementing COVID-19 measures?
  • How can we generate the necessary knowledge, enable "technology pooling" in accordance with international law and make good decisions even in times of uncertainty and a lack of knowledge?
  • How can trade flows be sustainably revived and investments fairly protected?
  • And what special challenges were posed in the largest recall in Austria's history?
Answers to these questions will be given by:
  • Prof. Dr. Erika de Wet, LL.M. (Harvard) (Graz/Bonn): Corona und das Völkerrecht [Corona and International Law]
  • PD Mag. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard) (Hamburg/Berlin/Graz): Corona und die Menschenrechte [Corona and Human Rights]
  • Prof. Mag. Dr. Iris Eisenberger, M.Sc. (LSE) (Graz): Regulierung in Corona-Zeiten: Innovation, Vorsorge und Risiken [Regulation in Corona Times: Innovation, Precaution and Risks]
  • Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Waibel, M.Sc. (LSE), LL.M. (Harvard), MA (Wien): Staatsschulden in Zeiten von Corona [Public Dept in Times of Corona]
  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Tichy (Wien/Graz): Corona und die Völkerrechtspraxis [Corona and the Practice of International Law]
Moderation: Erika de Wet, Matthias C. Kettemann and Mag. Christina Seewald (Graz)
Discuss with us what steps need to be taken under international law so that, as the General Assembly stated in its resolution, "the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic can be alleviated and successfully reversed through leadership and sustained global cooperation and solidarity."
We ask you to register via e-mail at manuela.rusz @ uni-graz.at. The corresponding link will be sent out a few days before the event will take place!
Organisation: Institute of International Law and International Relations at the University of Graz - Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin - Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hamburg

Infos zur Veranstaltung


via Skype for Business

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard)
Senior Researcher "Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces"

Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard)

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg

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